Recent CPTnet stories

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: The Stations of Shaadi

As we accompany shepherds in the South Hebron Hills, a place of great beauty, they often speak of the land they knew as children. Recently, as we accompanied one of them, Shaadi, he pointed out some of the landmarks in his memory along the way.

HEBRON URGENT ACTION: Save the Hebron orphanages and schools

On 25 February 2008, the General of Command (GOC) of the Israeli occupation army issued closure, evacuation and confiscation orders on properties and institutions funded by the Islamic Charitable Society. Three schools and two orphanages serving 7000 children faced an April 1 deadline for the closure…

ACTION

Clergy groups, human rights groups, and other NGO's are invited to send representatives to the Hebron press conference or to write letters of support for the orphanage to cptheb@palnet.com

Please call, email or write to your government officials. Urge them to send a representative to the 7 April press conference and tour at the Hebron Girls' Orphanage on Salaam Street in Hebron. Below is a suggested list of contacts for this Urgent Action.

BEIT UMMAR: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton visits family of imprisoned mayor in Beit Ummar

The family of the Farhan Al Qam, the former mayor of Beit Ummar, welcomed Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and others into their home on 19 March 2008. Mr. Al Qam, also known as Abu Musa, could not join the group because he is locked in an Israeli prison. According to the family, the Israeli government has incarcerated Farhan for the last ten months because he is a member of Hamas, not for any wrongdoing. Shortly after the village elected him mayor of Beit Ummar, the Israeli authorities also imprisoned him for six months.

HEBRON: Update on orphanage evictions

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and other internationals stayed overnight at the Al-Shar'iya Girls and Boys Orphanages on Monday night, 31 March, and Tuesday night 1 April. The General of Command (GOC) of the Israeli occupation army issued closure, evacuation and confiscation orders or the orphanages on 25 February 2008, citing a deadline of 1 April.

HEBRON UPDATE: 8 February-7 March 2008

Friday 08 February
Jessica Frederick, Barbara Martens, Doug Pritchard, Dianne Roe and other internationals visited the Beqa’a Valley to learn about demolition orders the Israeli military recently issued for the area. Hamed Awad*, a resident from the Beqa’a said, “We want the world to know there is enough violence for both sides. If I want the real peace, I must be ready to make two states. Palestinians are industrious, well educated and clever and can rebuild without any help from outside, even from Arab States.” He explained since 1970 he kept a list of all the names of homes and landowners in the area affected by demolitions or land seizures. The list represents approximately 650 people.

 

Sunday 2 March
In the afternoon, the team learned that the Israeli army was holding a young boy in the Dubboya checkpoint container near Tel Rumeida (the checkpoint was closed.) Benvie and Frederick went to investigate. Benvie asked a soldier why he was holding the boy. The soldier told her “He threw stones at my friends. He tried to kill them.” Benvie said, “He is just a young boy. His mother will be worried about him. You have punished him, so now maybe it is a good time to show kindness to him by releasing him.” The soldier replied by saying that the boy was “a murderer.” When Benvie said he had not murdered anyone, he responded that the boy was “a potential murderer.”