Hebron: CPTers Stay in Neighborhoods Under Fire

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Hebron: CPTers Stay in Neighborhoods Under Fire
Nov. 2, 2000

Two members Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron
are spending the night with Palestinian families in a
neighborhood that was the target of four hours of
heavy gunfire last night. Team members have alerted
the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the U.S. consulate, and
the international media about their presence. They ask
for prayers on behalf of everyone living in Hebron.

Following is the text of the letter addressed to IDF
Hebron Brigade Commander Tibon which team members
delivered to the Israeli military earlier today (6:00pm Hebron time).

November 2, 2000
To Noam Tibon, Commander of Hebron district:

The Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, which
has had a continuous presence here since June
1995, is saddened by the many deaths this
month; whether Palestinian or Israeli, armed
or unarmed, we believe that each killing
destroys part of God's good creation, each
killing is a loss for the entire human family.
We are appalled by the dramatic escalation of
violence the Israeli military is engaged in
with indiscriminate fire from heavy weaponry
in Bethlehem, Beit Jaala, Beit Sahour, as well
as throughout the neighborhoods of Hart-iSheik
and Abu Sneineh here in Hebron.

Accordingly, members of our team will be
staying with families in the Hart iSheik
neighborhood this evening, Thursday, November
2. As pacifists, we have asked the families to
assure us there are no guns in their homes and
they have done so.

We are aware that the authorities of the
Israeli occupation may accuse us of shielding
terrorists, and we know there have been shots
fired from these neighborhoods over the past
month. However, no one from these
neighborhoods has strafed Israeli
neighborhoods with missiles and automatic
weapons fire, and the vast majority of people
in these neighborhoods are not gunmen.
We believe that collective punishment against
a whole people, whether they be Israeli or
Palestinian, is morally wrong. In 1996 we rode
the #18 bus in Jerusalem on the third Sunday
after it had been bombed the two previous
Sundays to protest the collective punishment
of Israeli civilians. Tonight, we are staying
in the Hart iSheik neighborhood to protest the
collective punishment of Palestinian civilians.
By the time you receive this, members of our
team will be in this neighborhood and our
consular representatives will have been
notified.

With hopes for a just and lasting peace for
both Palestinians and Israelis,
Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams is a program of Brethren, Quaker and Mennonite
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