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SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Umm al-Kher facing settler attacks, settlement expansion and a lawsuit from Karmel

CPTers went out to Umm al-Kher on 3 February with a representative of the United Nations because of some recent attacks by Karmel settlers on the villagers.  Since men of the village had received threats of arrest if they got into altercations again with the settlers, women had been taking the sheep and goats to their grazing land, but settlers had attacked them as well.

PALESTINE: Christian Peacemaker Teams to challenge denial of entry in Israeli High Court

Those who have been following CPTnet for the last few months have read stories about Israeli border authorities denying CPTers entry into Palestine.  Over the summer, they turned back two reservists from the airport in the same week.  Since then, two more CPTers, Jonathan Brenneman and Patrick Thompson, have been denied entry crossing the border from Jordan into the West Bank.  Brenneman attempted three times within the space of three weeks and was told the Israeli authorities would not allow him to enter the West Bank because of his involvement with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

PALESTINE: Thirteen-year-old boy arrested, questioned without parents present

Around noon today 30 January 2014, members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a call from members of the International Solidarity Movement that soldiers had arrested a boy on New Shalala Street.  Members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) were just leaving the CPT apartment at the time and followed up, but by the time they arrived, soldiers had already taken the boy behind the gate at Beit Romano Settlement.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well as cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

PALESTINE REFLECTION: Why they should stay

 

staff and students of Khirbet al-Majaz school

The complete teaching staff and student body of
Khirbet al-Majaz school

In 1999, the Israeli military administration forcibly expelled 900 people and destroyed their homes within an area it calls Firing Zone 918.  Only after residents petitioned the Israeli High Court did it grant a temporary injunction in 2000, allowing them to return.

Life for Palestinian communities in the area has worsened because of Israeli settlement expansions.  The Israel military administration continues to demolish new houses and buildings or deliver stop work and demolition orders to those in the process of construction.  Israeli settler violence has already caused the abandonment of two villages, Al-Kharoubeh and Khirbet Sarura.  Another two communities—Tuba and Jinba—continue to suffer Israeli settler attacks, which the Israeli military almost never prevents.  And in 2012, the Israeli military re-started their military manoeuvres in the area...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli immigration denies entry to another Palestine team member

 

On the night of 5 December 2013, Israeli immigration authorities denied entry to Patrick Thompson at the Allenby Bridge connecting Jordan to Occupied Palestine. Thompson was attempting to return for another stint on the team in Hebron.  He initially told authorities that he was entering as a tourist, to visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and then points south, before re-entering Jordan. An Israeli official was concerned about his previous stay of four months in Israel.

After detailed questioning over a period of three hours and a search of his computer hard drive, authorities found a logo of CPT and told him they were denying him entry because he had lied to them. Thompson told them that he specifically did not mention his work with CPT or his destination as the West Bank because of the way Israeli authorities had treated many others when they volunteered this information willingly.  Authorities denied entry to Jonathan Brenneman, another CPTer, in September, when he declared his membership in CPT and his plans to travel to Hebron.  Thompson then waited another hour or so before the authorities officially denied him entry. When he boarded a bus to go back across the border into Jordan it was 1:30 a.m., a full six hours after his arrival at Israeli passport control.

Thompson is the fourth CPTer to whom Israel has denied entry this year. In addition to denying entry to Brenneman in September, authorities turned away two reservists in July because of stamps in their passports from their time with the Iraqi Kurdistan team—even though the Kurdish Regional Government has friendly relations with Israel.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli soldiers detain, abuse Palestinian minor; break hand of young Palestinian man

On 22 November 2013, two children came to the CPT office in Hebron’s Old City and informed CPTers that Israeli soldiers had arrested a fourteen-year-old boy from the internet cafĂ© in the Old City and dragged him to the Bab al-Baladiyah, the entrance to the Old City.  Two CPTers went to the location where Israeli soldiers take people they detain behind a gate and talked to the mother who said that they had accused the boy of throwing stones.…





Also on 22 November 2013 Israeli Border Police stopped Ehab Marwan Al- Karaki and Samer Al Natshehat at Bab Al Baladiyah.

Al- Karaki told CPTers,

They stopped my friend Samer and body checked him and checked his fist.  They asked him why he threw stones and he said, “I didn’t.”  Then the border police asked him, “Then why is your fist wet?  You washed your hands to remove the stone dust.”  One of the border police started to shout and curse at him, then asked him what was in his pocket.  Samer replied, “It’s my phone,” and the border police slapped him on the face.  As for me, another border police checked me, asked me to open my legs as much as I could, then he twisted my hand, I started to yell and tell him that is painful; he stopped then asked me to open my legs wider till I fell down on the ground.

Afterwards the border police made me stand up, grabbed me by my head and tried to hit my head across the shop door, I put my hands up so I could protect my face; it was really scary.  Then he twisted my hand again until he broke it, I heard the sound of my bones getting broken.  They started to yell and asked us to leave, and they didn’t check our IDs.  When they left, I couldn’t walk; I felt dizzy…

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Refusing to be uprooted

On Friday 22 November 2013 a Palestinian family who were planting olive trees on their property near the Israeli outpost settlement of Havat Gal near Hebron asked CPT to accompany them

When the team arrived, a security guard from Havat Gal and four Israeli soldiers appeared.  They demanded that the family, CPT, and media personnel leave the area immediately.  Israeli police then arrived and after much discussion the family and accompaniers were allowed to proceed to where the planting was taking place.

 The father of the family, Badwi Abu Ermaleh, was there, and showed team members the place where settlers from Havat Gal had uprooted ten new olive trees the family had planted the day before. He and his sons were replanting them.

Four Israeli settlers were watching from their newly constructed cabin on the Palestinian family’s land. Neither they, nor the soldiers also keeping watch from the hilltop, attempted to approach.

“My father’s father owned this land before more than 100 years,” Bawdi told team members as he showed them the title carefully preserved in plastic covering.

They will not be uprooted from their land.

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, November 20, 2013

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, November 20, 2013

 

Epixel* for 24 November
2013

  

 

  The days are surely coming,
says the LORD, when I will
raise up for David
a righteous Branch,
and he shall reign as king
and deal wisely,
and shall execute
justice and righteousness
in the land.
  Jer. 23:5

Pray for the children of the South Hebron Hills living in an area the Israeli military has designated “Firing Zone 918.”  On 18 November, Israeli soldiers detained the driver of an SUV that UNICEF and the Japanese government had donated for the transportation of children in remote villages of the region to the school in Al-Fakheit village and confiscated the vehicle.

 

 

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