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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Revenge devoid of purpose—punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes


 If Israel’s assault on Gaza this summer has been blind, primal violence on a macro scale, the demolition of three Palestinian apartment blocks in Hebron during the early hours of 18 August 2014—punitive retaliation against the suspected culprits in the kidnapping of three Israeli youth in June—represented pointless violence and suffering on a micro scale.  Yet that micro event, multiplied thousands of times over the days, weeks and years of occupation, adds up to what has been called “incremental genocide” in the sense of destroying a culture and its ability to survive.

Between 2001-2005, according to B’tselem figures, Israel demolished 664 Palestinian homes as forms of punishment.*  These demolitions displaced 4,182 innocent people, many of them neighbors of the suspect’s family, and occurred often on the basis of suspicion alone.

Hussam al-Qawasmi house (Photo: Yousef Natsheh)

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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.

Featured CPT Partner

Ms. Taban is part of a 120-family community displaced from their village, less than an hour away, because of Iranian and Turkish bombing.

In 1991, Ms. Taban, a nurse, returned to her remote village after graduation. "I came home by foot, joining many people in a march. We walked half a day and reached our home, which was destroyed by Saddam in 1980s. There was no water, no electricity, and no roof. We rebuilt it with hands, tears and joy."

But in 2008, Ms. Taban was displaced again when the United States, the Iraqi government, and the Kurdistan Regional Government renewed efforts to help Turkey and Iran use bombs and rockets to evacuate Kurdish villages from the border areas.

Ms. Taban is strong in her steadfastness, but fatigue is wearing her beautiful face and her dreams of going home to the mountains are fading.

CPT's Work: CPT accompanies villages like Ms. Taban's, documenting their experience, and advocating with decision-makers for a cease to state-sponsored violence and bombing.