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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

HEBRON: Eleventh and Twelfth Stations of the Cross--Jesus is nailed to cross; Jesus dies on cross

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross.

by Lorne Friesen

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means "The Place of the Skull"). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. (Mark 15:22-24, New International Version)

 

The Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross

by Jan Benvie

“It was the third hour when they crucified him. … Those who passed by hurled insults at him… And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice,… ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ … With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.” (Mark 15: 25, 29-34, 37)

HEBRON: The Ninth and Tenth Stations of the Cross--Jesus falls a third time; Jesus stripped before crowd


The Ninth Station – Jesus falls the third time under the weight of his cross

by Jean Fallon

This time Jesus lies unmoving after falling the third time… Is He dead? The occupation soldiers kick Him, make Him stand and drag on. It is almost impossible for Jesus to get back up. Hard as it is, let us continue with Jesus in Hebron's Beqa'a Valley.
 

The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped before the crowd

by Jan Benvie

In a final attempt to humiliate Him, the Roman soldiers stripped Jesus of his clothing. Were they aware that they could have power over His body, but not His mind? Even in death, He was still greater than they.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers threaten Palestinian school children, attack CPTers in South Hebron Hills

On 17 March 2008, an Israeli settler yelled and threatened to throw a rock at Palestinian children on the way to elementary school in the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills. Two days later, masked settlers attacked CPTers Cassandra Dixon and Eileen Hanson who were monitoring the school patrol from a new location.