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Imagine the scene: a group of children walking to school.  Some of the older children are jostling and pushing each other, joking together; the younger ones are walking quietly, hand in hand.  It could be a scene from almost anywhere in the world.  

But this is Palestine, under Israeli military occupation.  The children are Palestinian.  Two Israeli soldiers walk in front of the small group and an army jeep follows behind.  

GAZA: "Nam, Nehnu Nastatyeh!" is Arabic for "Yes, We Can!"

This morning, I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India.  This morning, I marched in Selma; I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall.  This morning I became a Freedom Rider.

Today’s Freedom Riders are sailing small boats into the Gaza Strip in open defiance of the Israeli Occupation and blockade.  This morning, I arrived in Gaza aboard the SS Dignity, part of a Free Gaza Movement delegation of twenty seven doctors, lawyers, teachers, and human rights activists from across the world, including Mairead Maguire—the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

AT-TUWANI URGENT ACTION: Ask Israeli authorities why the Israeli military demolished homes in Um al Kher, South Hebron Hills

At 9:10 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday 29 October 2008, the Israeli military demolished ten Palestinian dwellings in the South Hebron Hills village of Um al Kher, leaving around sixty people, including young children, homeless.
The military arrived without warning shortly after 9:00 a.m. Soldiers gave the villagers little time to remove their possessions before demolishing four stone homes and six metal dwellings with a bulldozer. Um al Kher is situated close to the Israeli settlement of Karmel and the demolished homes were those closest to the settlement.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Sentinel of resistance

In  the South Hebron Hills sits a new cistern—another sentinel of resistance to the Israeli occupation.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers yell death threats at Palestinian children walking home from school

Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills harassed and yelled death threats at Palestinian elementary schoolchildren on their way home from school, Thursday 23 October 2008.  The children were returning from the At-Tuwani village school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed escorted by an Israeli army humvee.  When two adult Israeli settlers chased the children, throwing stones and threatening to kill them, the Israeli soldiers remained in their vehicle and got out of the humvee only at the conclusion of the escort.

HEBRON: Update on the Hebron orphanages

Two friends of CPT Hebron told team members on 13 October 2008 that the Palestinian Authority has replaced the board of directors of the Islamic Charitable Society (ICS)schools and orphanages.  The friends noted that  this new move means that the ICS schools and orphanages will likely continue to operate the rest of the school year.

HEBRON: Israeli settlers beat up Palestinian reporter during olive harvest, punch CPTer

On the morning of Saturday 18 October 2008, a group of four Israeli settlers beat up a Palestinian reporter, Abed Hashlamoun, in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron. He required hospital treatment for his injuries.

Hashlamoun had been photographing Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals harvesting olives together in an event organized by Tel Rumeida landowners. Hashlamoun was walking alone through the olive groves when male settlers knocked him to the ground and began beating and kicking him.

Several of the olive pickers heard his cries and ran to help him. One of the settlers seized Hashlamoun’s camera. CPTer Janet Benvie approached the settler and asked him to return the camera, but he did not respond. When Benvie took hold of the camera strap the young man punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. He then hurled the camera into the rocky field below.

AT-TUWANI: Report, “Settler violence against Palestinian schoolchildren under Israeli military escort” now available

A new report by Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove about the Israeli military escort of Palestinian children to school in At-Tuwani during the 2007-2008 school year records a catalogue of violent settler attacks on the children and the Israeli military’s complacent attitude regarding these attacks.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli military escort fails again protect Palestinian children from settler attacks

Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills attacked Palestinian children on their way home from school on Tuesday 14 October 2008.  The children were returning from school in the village of At-Tuwani to their homes in villages of Tuba and Maghaer al Abeed.  As the children passed beyond the boundary of the settlement, two adult Israeli settlers ambushed them, throwing stones at the children and chasing them towards Tuba.

HEBRON: CPT Hebron project to close after thirteen years.

CPT regretfully had to make the hard decision to close the Hebron team site.  We have been suffering with an inadequate number of full-time CPTers on this team for months.  Stretched thin, we covered the work of the Hebron team site with reservists until August, knowing that this option was not sustainable…

I would like for all of us to remember that we are Easter people and we open our vision to look outward toward new openings rather than narrowing our vision to see only closings, for the continuing work of God doesn't stop with a closure; it has no closure.  Only our human work comes to a close.