Palestine

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HEBRON: Open Letter to our Israeli brothers and sisters

Hebron CPTers offer our deepest sympathy to our Israeli friends and wish to express our deep sorrow for the violent deaths of the 8 students and those injured from the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Words simply are insufficient at a time like this, but all we have to offer you are our condolences — foremost for the loss of precious lives but also for what this kind of violence does to us all. Innocent victims continue to bear the brunt of this cycle of violence.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: This is not Israel

Israeli military policy became clear to me out in the mountains south of
Hebron as I was accompanying shepherds grazing their sheep on their own
land. Israeli settlers have been threatening the shepherds and demanding
that Israeli soldiers remove the shepherds from the area around the
settlements. Sometimes the settlers have been carrying clubs. On 12
January, settlers fired six shots to frighten the shepherds.

HEBRON: Fourth Station of the Cross—Jesus meets his mother on the way to his execution

Let us recall Jesus meeting His mother as He carries His cross. She was unable to stand by quietly and see her innocent son accused, condemned and on His way to execution. Not only did she reach out to her son beneath His cross, she must have spoken out to the soldiers and tried to tell them of His innocence. Let us continue with the meditation and think of Jesus in contemporary Palestine.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: February 2008

On team during this time were Tarek Abuata, Joy Ellison, Art Gish, Eileen
Hanson, Sean O’Neill, Cassandra Dixon, Doug Pritchard, and members of
Operation Dove (Doves).

Hebron Update 1-7 February 2008

Team members during this period were Tarek Abuata, Jean Fallon, Jessica
Frederick, Barbara Martens, Doug Pritchard, Dianne Roe, Paulette Schroeder,
Kathie Uhler, and Mary Wendeln

HEBRON: Gaza death toll reaches 100; Hebron responds


As our Palestinian neighbors react with horror at television images of dead babies in rubble in Gaza, and the Israeli army vows to continue the onslaught there, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Hebron notes the dangerous escalation here as well. Clashes to protest the Gaza killings have erupted and soldiers have shot young men and boys throwing stones at them. Sunday afternoon in Hebron, the Israeli army shot and killed a twelve-year old Palestinian boy with a fragmenting bullet through his chest. Last week, Israeli Special Forces invaded a Beit Ummar home and later the same night invaded Hebron and confiscated properties of Islamic charities. On Saturday in Beit Ummar, an Israeli settler from Karme Tzur settlement fired toward unarmed Palestinians trying to prune trees on their land.

AT-TUWANI: Nonviolent demonstration opens road in South Hebron Hills

Palestinians in the South Hebron hills gathered on 29 February 2008 to open the main access road to Yatta, which the Israeli military had bulldozed shut two weeks earlier.

For photos of the event, see
http://www.cpt.org/gallery/Palestinian-non-violent-action-to-remove-Israeli-roadblock

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.