Applies to CPTnet releases from Palestine projects
July 1st, 2013
On Sunday 30
June 2014, Soldiers in the occupied Old City (Hebron H2) neighbourhood of Abu-Hadid, near checkpoint
209, randomly fired tear gas into a house following the throwing of stones
by children in the area. Rashida
Abed-al-Salam Alkarky, ninety-eight years old, was alone in her room at the
time when the tear gas canister landed near her door. Family members were
unable to get to her room for five minutes because of the teargas and when they
were finally able to reach her, found her collapsed on the floor. Upon the arrival of Christian Peacemaker
Team members, Alkarky was with her family in another room and was vomiting from
the effects of the tear gas. An ambulance had already arrived at the scene and
administered oxygen. Despite having collapsed after inhaling the tear gas, Alkarky
refused to go to hospital.
June 26th, 2013
Repeatedly in the past weeks, residents of the Israeli
settlement of Beit Hadassah, located within the Hebron Old City, have vandalized
merchandise and assaulted their Palestinian neighbors.
From a multi-storey building directly overshadowing one of
Hebron's busiest marketplaces, the settlers of Beit Haddasah have long attempted
to maintain an atmosphere of fear and unpredictability for surrounding
Palestinian merchants and residents. On 16 June, CPTers visited clothing stores upon which
settlers had just thrown plastic bags full of bleach from above. Shopkeepers reported that this thuggish
behavior happens frequently. Settlers
also spray water from hoses down through windows and courtyards of adjacent
homes. Such vandalism damages and
destroys merchandise, for which Palestinian family businesses receive no
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Teams in Palestine.
June 20th, 2013
Entering Israel is always stressful. One must figure out how to answer
delicately the intrusive questions of the security agents.
I had spent two three-month terms on the CPT Al-Khalil (Hebron) team, and
was returning for my third term in a year. Some friends from a partner organization warned me that recently Israel had denied all their
volunteers were a third attempted reentry. The prospect of a two-hour
interrogation with a real chance of being denied entry was daunting enough, but then I received word about a new Israeli policy.
At the airport or border, Israeli security can ask internationals to
sign a paper stating that they will not enter the âarea under
Palestinian Authority controlâ unless given military permission beforehand. I had no intention
of waiting for military permission before rejoining the team in Hebron, and I dreaded having to respond to this request.â¦
However, when I got to Hebron I learned that soldiers were not allowing
us to wear our 'uniforms' (red hats and gray vests bearing CPT's name
in the area surrounding the Ibrahimi Mosque. (Most of CPT's patrols
are around the checkpoints surrounding the mosque.) It became clear the
policy was about much more than fashion. The soldiers claimed that our
organization was not official and not allowed to be in that area, so we
could not wear anything distinguishing us as such. According to the
military, only the group of diplomatic observers designated by the 1997
Hebron Protocol was allowed in the area. We told the soldiers that CPT
has been patrolling the area since before the 1997 Hebron Protocol; they
said that the last eighteen years must have been a mistake. CPT
continues to wear our vest and hats in that area, to assert our
commitment to continue the work we have been doing for nearly two
June 17th, 2013
7:00 p.m. on 16 June 2013, CPT received a phone call telling them that Israeli
soldiers were questioning children whom they believed had been throwing rocks
at the soldier on the roof near the CPT office. CPTers entered the street near their apartment saw the
soldiers questioning two boys. The
soldiers then left those two, saying that they were looking for another
boy. The soldiers went around
through the tunnels in the old city and returned to the area near the CPT
offices. They then questioned
another boy and demanded he go with them.
The boy started to cry and an older man intervened, removing the boy
from the custody of the soldiers. The
soldiers then started to re-question the two boys that they had been talking to
The soldiers then sat the boy on the pavement behind the
gate as they continued to question him.
More than an hour after they had detained him, the soldiers released him
into the custody of the Palestinian Authority (PA) through Checkpoint 56. During the whole time that they held
the boy, he did not have a parent, guardian, lawyer, or any sympathetic adult
with him. CPTers asked the
soldiers why the boy had been taken and if he was going to be released. The
soldiers said that they had taken the boy, because he had thrown stones at the
soldiers and that they had given the boy a glass of water. The soldiers said that it is Israeli
procedure to take children accused of throwing stones and question them before
handing the children over to the PA.
The Palestinian Authority released him into the custody of his parents.
May 31st, 2013
It seems appropriate that the May 2013 CPT delegation to Palestine began in the days between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. At Pentecost, God comes to unify, to build community among diverse nations. Trinity Sunday reminds us that God is, in essence, a community, and that we are invited to experience God as the mysterious dance of three-in-one. Our delegation of thirteen, from the U.S., Canada, Scotland and Romania, has dwelt in these mysteries, feeling God's uniting presence in the midst of our differences.
May 27th, 2013
Why do Border Police arbitratily hold up innocent children,
infants and parents at a checkpoint? The occupation
assures that rewards are in place for this and many other
May 23rd, 2013
Graffiti on a low cement wall near a checkpoint our team monitors daily reads 'Free Israel'. It seems intended to rebuff the 'Free Palestine' that appears on many walls in the old city.
May 21st, 2013
Lord, let your love fill the hearts of Palestinian
pupils, teachers and other peacemakers who
endure suffering. Strengthen their character, feed
their hope and lead them in your beautiful,
redeeming, nonviolent ways.
May 21st, 2013
A nieghbor of CPT Hebron was arrested under accusation of stone throwing and was later released.
May 16th, 2013
On May 12, we arrived at Al Fakheit School where we were met by âAl Jazeeraâ journalists filming a documentary about the difficulty that children face in getting to school in Occupied Palestine. They told us about one school near East Jerusalem where children have to pass through a sewer pipe to reach their school. As we were describing similar difficulties faced by children in the South Hebron Hills, and the dangers of living in a live firing zone, the headmaster approached us looking crestfallen.