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BEIT UMMAR: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton visits family of imprisoned mayor in Beit Ummar

The family of the Farhan Al Qam, the former mayor of Beit Ummar, welcomed Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and others into their home on 19 March 2008. Mr. Al Qam, also known as Abu Musa, could not join the group because he is locked in an Israeli prison. According to the family, the Israeli government has incarcerated Farhan for the last ten months because he is a member of Hamas, not for any wrongdoing. Shortly after the village elected him mayor of Beit Ummar, the Israeli authorities also imprisoned him for six months.

HEBRON: Update on orphanage evictions

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and other internationals stayed overnight at the Al-Shar'iya Girls and Boys Orphanages on Monday night, 31 March, and Tuesday night 1 April. The General of Command (GOC) of the Israeli occupation army issued closure, evacuation and confiscation orders or the orphanages on 25 February 2008, citing a deadline of 1 April.

HEBRON UPDATE: 8 February-7 March 2008

Friday 08 February
Jessica Frederick, Barbara Martens, Doug Pritchard, Dianne Roe and other internationals visited the Beqa’a Valley to learn about demolition orders the Israeli military recently issued for the area. Hamed Awad*, a resident from the Beqa’a said, “We want the world to know there is enough violence for both sides. If I want the real peace, I must be ready to make two states. Palestinians are industrious, well educated and clever and can rebuild without any help from outside, even from Arab States.” He explained since 1970 he kept a list of all the names of homes and landowners in the area affected by demolitions or land seizures. The list represents approximately 650 people.


Sunday 2 March
In the afternoon, the team learned that the Israeli army was holding a young boy in the Dubboya checkpoint container near Tel Rumeida (the checkpoint was closed.) Benvie and Frederick went to investigate. Benvie asked a soldier why he was holding the boy. The soldier told her “He threw stones at my friends. He tried to kill them.” Benvie said, “He is just a young boy. His mother will be worried about him. You have punished him, so now maybe it is a good time to show kindness to him by releasing him.” The soldier replied by saying that the boy was “a murderer.” When Benvie said he had not murdered anyone, he responded that the boy was “a potential murderer.”

HEBRON: Sunday, 31 March 2008, Day of Prayer for Hebron's orphans

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron is calling for Christians around the world to make Sunday, 30 March a day of prayer for the orphans of Hebron. On 25 February 2008, the Israeli army raided all of the buildings and institutions funded by Islamic Charities and gave orphanages and boarding schools until 1 April to evacuate students. On 6 March 2008, the Israeli army again stormed storage buildings of Islamic Charities, confiscating food, children's clothing, and kitchen appliances used to prepare meals for the orphans. These centers house, feed and educate 6000 children in Hebron.

AT-TUWANI: Settlers steal property, knock down CPTer, chase and shoot flocks in ten-day period.

On 16 March 2008, three Israeli settlers arrived just outside the village of At-Tuwani began chasing in their pickup truck young Palestinian shepherds and their flocks. A settler security agent from the settlement of Ma’on ripped a bag of herbs it from the hands of an eight-months pregnant Palestinian woman.

HEBRON: Israeli soldiers and settlers invade Palestinian home in Old City

On Wednesday, 19 March 2008, Israeli soldiers violently evicted the Egnabe family from their home in Hebron Old City. Israeli police arrested the father, Muhammad Egnabe, and B'Tselem* field worker Issa Amro, who was filming the eviction. The children cried and screamed as the Israeli forces threw the family’s furniture out of the house.

AT-TUWANI: Palestinians to rebuild homes demolished by Israeli military in Qawewis

Palestinian villagers from throughout the South Hebron Hills will gather Friday, 28 March 2008, in the village of Qawewis to begin rebuilding homes demolished on 19 March 2008 by the Israeli military.

IRAQ: CPT spends most of February working out visa problems

In early January 2008, the team received word from authorities at the Kurdish residency office that a problem, "maybe with your government" had come up regarding their visas. A U.S. embassy representative informed the team that U.S. State Department had nothing to do with registering NGOs. The Kurdish residency office stripped team members of their one-month visa and told them to leave the country within a week.

AT-TUWANI: Villagers and CPT delegation replace Tom Fox's olive tree

On 8 March 2008, our second day in the Hebron district, our Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) delegation visited the rural Palestinian village of At-Tuwani, near a string of Israeli settlements. Our drivers were reluctant to cross the Israeli access road separating At-Tuwani from the settlements, so we walked up the gravel road into the village, pausing to enjoy the bucolic scene of olive trees, shepherds, and spring flowers.

One of the village leaders, our host for the day, met us in the village and took us toward the wooded hilltop of Hill 833, a settlement outpost illegal even under Israeli law. At this place on the edge of At-Tuwani, the villagers had planted an olive tree in memory of Tom Fox.

HEBRON: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations of the Cross—Jesus taken down from cross; laid in tomb

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus taken down from cross

by Jean Fallon

Jesus is taken down from the Cross. We stand beside Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as she holds her dead son in her arms, washes His face with her tears, and mourns His short life. With this vision still before our eyes, in Palestine, we stand beside two other mothers, one Israeli and one Palestinian…


The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb

by Lorne Friesen

It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. Mark 15:42-47