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HEBRON REFLECTION: Crosses, flags, and murdered children

Most people in Hebron have TVs. The last few days the images on the screen have been unbearable. At one home, I saw a mother try to distract her eight-year old son from the television, but she was too late. He had already seen the carnage after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza landed on boys playing soccer. Mothers watching the screen sobbed uncontrollably as they saw Israeli bombs slaughtering babies, one only two days old. Gaza is in every home in the West Bank, on the faces of people in the market, and in the children throwing stones at the soldiers.

HEBRON: Second and Third Stations of the Cross—Jesus takes up his cross and falls under its weight

or forty years, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have born the cross of military occupation.  Palestinians have lost their land, their homes, their olive trees, their cultural traditions, and their lives.  Throughout these forty years, people around the world, especially Christian Zionists, have offered their unconditional support to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  Because the support our governments offer the state of Israel, we are complicit in the suffering of the Palestinian people.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Heroes of the South Hebron Hills

You won't see these shepherds and farmers from Tuba and Mughayir Al Abeed in their in red keffiyehs and mud-stained boots on the evening news. But while Israeli politicians ignore the activities of extremist Israeli settlers, these Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills are successfully resisting settlement expansion without violence.

Author of AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?

The CPTnet editor regrets not including the name of Art Gish as the author of

"AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?"

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?

Right after the big meeting in Annapolis, Md., 27 November 2007, I returned to the Middle East for three months of work with Christian Peacemaker Teams. I have been viewing that meeting and President Bush’s recent trip to the Middle East from the perspective of what I see happening in Israel/Palestine. So far, I have not seen one step taken by government authorities here toward peace.

AT-TUWANI: Nonviolent demonstration against roadblock to occur this week

On 6 February 2008, the Israeli military blocked the road near At-Tuwani, using concrete slabs and earth mounds. The road provides the only vehicle access for people in the South Hebron Hills to travel to and from the city of Yatta, which serves as the economic hub for the entire region. This Friday, 29 February, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills are planning a demonstration against the roadblock just off Route 317.

HEBRON REFLECTION: Snow


For days as I walked through the market last month, the Palestinians told me that snow was coming. Beautiful snow eventually covered the hills, homes, and the streets of Hebron. Palestinians, Israeli settlers, and CPTers were snowbound in their homes. Normal snow-related events happened like they do back home: cancelled meetings, stranded travelers, snow shoveling and the delightful sounds of children playing in the snow.

HEBRON POEM/REFLECTION: Normalizing anarchy

Israeli soldiers
M-16s at the ready
form an honor guard
normalizing anarchy

HEBRON UPDATE: 16-31 January 2008

Saturday 19 January
Uhler, Schroeder, and a visiting nonviolence trainer, patrolled along Wadi Al Nasara and spent some time talking with Palestinian children. They observed about thirty teenage Israeli girls gathering in the Wadi. Meanwhile, three Palestinian women and their small children needed to walk down the road, called by the settlers “Worshipper’s Way.” On Shabbat, the Israeli authorities have forbidden Palestinians to use that road, which forces them to walk a somewhat precarious, narrow, dirt path that is parallel to the road.

The girls rushed en masse at the women and CPTers. A general melee ensued with the girls shouting at the group, spitting, pushing, and kicking. By the time Fallon and Wendeln had arrived, a girl had torn off the glasses and hijab (head scarf) of one of the Palestinian women. The assailant broke the glasses and threw them on the ground. Another girl tore off Wendeln’s glasses and threw them on the ground another kicked Fallon, bruising her legs. One girl stole the chip from the CPT visitor’s camera…


Wednesday 23 January

…At dusk, Schroeder, Roe, and Abuata waited for two-and-a-half hours at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint until the military released one Palestinian man. To pass the time away, Abuata suggested Schroeder teach some yoga. As Schroeder taught Abuata and Roe, one soldier did a bit of yoga playfully and said he was now on “the CPT side.” After soldiers released the man, Abuata and Schroeder conversed with the soldiers about the Occupation for about an hour.

BEIT UMMAR: Israeli military arrests approximately forty Palestinians and places village under curfew

At 1:00 a.m. on 13 February, the Israeli military placed the village of Beit Ummar under curfew, arresting approximately forty men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five and stationing soldiers, along with jeeps and two bulldozers, throughout the village.

Soldiers entered homes and closed off four different areas inside the village, restricting the movement of village residents. The military denied an ambulance entry into village.