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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.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli soldiers and Border Police assault Palestinian shepherds and prevent them from working their lands

On 14 March 2008, while Palestinian shepherds grazed their sheep and tended their olive groves in the Khoruba valley, near the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani, Israeli police assaulted them and the internationals accompanying them, and threatened them with arrest. A Border Police officer twisted the wrist of one shepherd and pushed him to the ground. Police grabbed another by his collar and shoved around several other Palestinians. They also stomped on the feet of five internationals, called one of them a whore, twisted the wrists of two volunteers in an attempt to grab their video cameras. and pushed another international into a rock.

HEBRON: Seventh and Eighth Stations of the Cross--Jesus falls a second time under His cross; Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

The Seventh Station: Jesus falls the second time under the weight of His cross

by Jean Fallon

We see Jesus falling beneath the cross the second time. Despite the help of Simon of Cyrene, the cross has crushed Him once more, and Roman soldiers have beaten him down. Let us see Jesus in the Beqa’a Valley, outside of Hebron, now.


The Eighth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

by Mary Wendeln

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!' and to the hills, ‘Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?" Luke 23: 27-31

HEBRON: Fifth and Sixth Stations of the Cross--Simon of Cyrene is made to carry the cross; Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene forced to take up cross

We know from the accounts in the gospels of Luke and Mark that Simon did not step forward to take the cross; he was a bystander. Different Bible translations tell us that the soldiers of the occupying Roman army "grabbed," "seized," "laid hold upon" him, then forced him to carry the cross.

The Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Let us try to imagine Veronica as she steps out from the jeering, mocking crowd. Was she afraid as she walked past the armed soldiers? It was not appropriate for her, as a woman, to touch a man, but Veronica refused to abide by social constraints. She saw the suffering, bleeding Christ, and stepped forward out of compassion.

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.