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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos, 10-19 July 2015



Pictured here: Israeli soldiers patrolling provocatively at Bab i-Zawwyeh in H1, outside their assigned area in H2. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Twenty years of CPT Palestine in photos

This summer marks the twentieth year of Christian Peacemaker Team's presence in Palestine.  While that does not seem to be a reason to celebrate, we do feel we should mark the occasion.

1997: Direct Action

 Pictured here: A CPTer takes part in a rebuilding action at the Waheed Zalloum house, which is located between the settlements of Kiryat Arba and Harsina in Hebron.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 3-9 July, 2015



Pictured here: Scouts group walking through the Old City in Hebron, which in this area is an act of resistance and steadfastness.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, June 14-20, 2015


Pinwheels for Peace


Pictured here: The NGO Rebuilding Alliance led an activity for the children of Susiya—a village in the South Hebron Hills under imminent threat of demolition by Israeli authorities. The activity consisted of drawing the meaning of peace in a square piece of paper that was turned into a pinwheel, and pinned on a pencil.

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 24, 2015 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 24, 2015    Palestine

Give thanks for the steadfast determination of the people of Susiya, who have are facing the obliteration of their village at the hands of Israel.  Give thanks for their Israeli and international supporters who recognize their right to remain where their families have lived for generations, and who will help them rebuild.

PRAY BY PETITION: Sign the petition to save Susiya, if you have not done so already

  *Epixel for Sunday, June 28, 2015 
God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.  For he created all things so that they might
exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion
of Hades  is not on earth. Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 31 May-6 June 2015



Pictured here: Heavily armed soldiers make way for the settlers participating in the weekly settler tour in the old city of Hebron.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams, movement building and the Detroit Peacemaker Congress

Sarah Thompson
CPT Executive Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) began with these questions: 

What if pacifist Christians trained as hard for peace as militaries (including militant Christians) trained for war?  What if pacifist Christians (such as the Mennonites, Brethren, and Quakers) were willing to sacrifice as much for peace as a soldier is willing to sacrifice for war?  What could happen? 

Christian Peacemaker Teams is part of the answer to that question. Having begun in 1986, in the crucible of Latin American solidarity movements, CPT has continued to thrive within various social movements as a creative, faith-inspired organization committed to undoing oppressions and to strategic peacemaking interventions in situations of violent conflict.  Joining with you all—people who belong to social movements, have risked a lot, sacrificed much, and experimented with healthier ways of sharing this planet—enlivens our work.  It is one reason we hold a Peacemaker Congress every other year—this year it will take place in Detroit—so that our workers in the field can engage with you, our supporters. and new people interested in movement building. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 24-30 May 2015




Pictured here: Last week was the end of the school year in Palestine. On the last morning of school, our Kindergarten friends sang for us. These children who are filled with joy, also brought us a lot of joy. 

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Susiya-a Palestinian village facing obliteration

In the rocky, dry hills south of Hebron, the village of Susiya—where human presence dates back thousands of years—may soon be wiped off the map, if Israel has its way.  On 5 May 2015, High Court judge Noam Sohlberg, who lives in the Alon Shvut settlement, denied the request by Susiya’s residents for an interim injunction on all demolition orders until the final decision by the Supreme Court. His ruling means that the Israeli authorities might demolish more than 100 houses, the kindergarten, the school and the clinic from this village at any moment, displacing more than 300 Palestinians from their residences.

Susiya’s rich history condemned its inhabitants. Israeli authorities decided to evict them based on its heritage value for Jews. In 1986, it forcibly displaced sixty families without compensation after declaring their village an archeological site. The villagers who struggled to stay tried to make do with the remaining plots of the 6,000 dunums of Susiya’s land, even though a nearby Israeli settlement with the same name had partially taken those over as well. Settlers established a synagogue outpost where Susiya once stood, along with an archeological park. Despite having some of its land legally under their possession, the Palestinian residents of Susiya found it practically impossible to rebuild their homes on their own land, due to severe restrictions of Israeli military laws in the West Bank regarding any Palestinian development, especially in areas close to settlements.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Flagrant settler violence, with Israeli military collusion, increases in Tel Rumeida

The month of May saw an increase in settler violence in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, where Palestinians live in close proximity to aggressive, ideological Israeli Jewish settlers. 

On 9 May, a Palestinian woman and her two children from the Abu Shamsiyeh family in Tel Rumeida were on their way to go shopping.  Settlers attacked one of her children.  A Palestinian man pushed the settlers away from the crying Palestinian child, which made the settlers furious. They wanted the Palestinian man arrested for “pushing a settler.” When soldiers did not arrest the Palestinian man, the settlers started harassing people and attacked a Palestinian woman trying to film the incident. The harassment went on for over an hour, during which they spit at and pushed people. The soldiers prevented many people from going to their homes. When the woman returned from the shop a while later, soldiers did not allow her to go home for quite some time.  The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) documented the incident on video and wrote a full report. Read the report and watch the video here.