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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.

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.

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