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CPT INTERNATIONAL REFLECTION: Pretty

 “So pretty, what a waste,” he said with a smile on his face.  

An older gentleman approached me at a gathering recently and started a conversation with those words. I think he thought he was giving me a compliment.

Seriously?

I mean, SERIOUSLY?

While I have control over the way I care for myself, I do not have control over the face I was born with, or my hair, or the bones and cartilage that give shape to my skin. These parts of my being are nothing to take pride in because I did nothing to “earn” them.  

The man who made the comment knows me.

He knows I've been a teacher of Spanish and theology. 

He knows I’ve traveled the world and taught English in India and Palestine.

He knows I’ve been a human rights defender in Palestine.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine Newsletter April-May 2016

 
 Qitoun Checkpoint
 

A Turbulent School Year


The final week of May marks the last week of school for Palestinian children in occupied Hebron. CPT has made a short video, compiled from the many, many hours of military oppression we have witnessed at Qitoun checkpoint this academic year.

The video is all filmed in one location, and so, with the same group of children who are forced through this checkpoint daily. The video shows just a tiny fragment of the oppression Palestinians are subjected to here at this checkpoint, in Hebron, and all over occupied Palestine. 

Needless to say, such footage does not make it onto the news channels of those countries who economically, militarily and politically support this military occupation.

Please watch and share this video widely.

Prayers for Peacemakers May 25, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers May 25, 2016 

Pray for the children of Hebron’s Old City as they finish their school year.  Pray that the academic year 2016-2017 will be free of tear gas, humiliation at checkpoints and filled with adults inspired to intervene on their behalf so they can receive an education. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 12-18 May 2016

Smiling Against the Odds

Pictured here: Palestinian schoolboys smile as they head to school for their end of year exams. As they were doing so, Israeli Border Police checked Palestinian cars, without search warrants, and had been aiming their guns at children, as pictured above in this photo essay. If their exam was in resilience, these boys would pass with flying colours. 
 (18/05/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Remembering the Nakba--an act of nonviolent revolution

Every 15 May, Palestinians remember the Nakba (Great Catastrophe).  The Nakba refers to the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians during the late 1940s as Jewish Zionists were establishing the Israeli state.  The facts of the Nakba are as shocking as they are unknown to the West.  And those of us in the West are responsible for this ignorance. 

Following WW II and the Holocaust, the United Nations, influenced heavily by Zionist lobbying and the need to secure a home for the thousands of Jews displaced by the Holocaust, split the British Mandate of Palestine.  The partition is a historic example of European colonial privilege trumping the interests and rights of local communities.  At the time of the partition, European Jews owned only 7% of the land and were only 33% of the population.  Yet the United Nations allocated 55% of the land for the establishment of a Jewish state and 42% for the re-establishment of an Arab Palestinian state.  Jerusalem, comprising the remaining 3%, was to be an international city.  Palestinians had no voice and no representation in the partition.

Palestinian refugees carry their belongs after Zionist forces push them off their lands.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Week in photos 6-12 May 2016

A School of Their Own

Pictured here:  These girls are celebrating the opening of the only all girls school in their area of the South Hebron Hills.  Education for girls remains a huge need in Palestine.
(10/05/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos 22-26 April 2016

Kindergarten Detained

 
Pictured here: During Passover, there are heightened restrictions and closures for Palestinians, and the apartheid path was apparently closed at this time. Not content with merely inhibiting these children reaching their homes, Israeli Border Police initially detained them against a wall, before ordering them to move into one alcove, and again, into another tunnel, before letting them leave after approximately ten minutes. During that time, the Border Policeman stood guard at the entrance to the tunnel.
(28/04/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 15-21 April 2016

No Passage 

Pictured here: A young Palestinian youth pushes his bike under the barbwire at the checkpoint.  After passing his bike through, he crawled under himself.  The checkpoint turnstiles are too tight for a bike and the Israeli Border Police rarely open the gate for youth.
(18/04/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 7-14 April 2016

Peace

Pictured here: We were stopped by these girls on their way home from school. We hope for a better and brighter future for all Palestinians, particularly the up and coming generations.
 (07/04/2016) 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine March 2016 Newsletter

 

Kindergarten students CPTers walk to school

 

The Walk to School in Hebron

 

Imagine your children or grandchildren going off to kindergarten. Young, innocent, curious, proud to be "adults" going to school now. Not quite the same for kindergarten kids off to school in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, Palestine. 

In one neighborhood the kindergarten kids round the corner from the courtyard where their families live. Then, to go to school, they have to climb a rather steep hill. This hill has some features that you would consider "out of the ordinary". 

There is a nice, hard-surface path that leads up the hill. On the right of this path is a low wall constructed of concrete barriers -- somewhat like you might find separating the traffic lanes on an Interstate highway or autoroute -- topped with a wire fence. The path becomes a kind of corridor, but it's not the path for these kindergarten kids. They are Palestinian in occupied Palestine. Their path lies to the left of the barrier. It's an eroded dirt path covered with rocks and debris -- not so easy for little feet and short legs to navigate.

Read the full article here