al-Khalil (Hebron)

HEBRON: Militares y policías israelíes cierran tres tiendas palestinas

Soldados y policias israelíes cierran con soldadura a tres tiendas palestinas ubicadas cerca el sitio de una manifestación semanal “Abramos la Calle Shuhada,” dejando un herido, uno expulsado y cuatro encarcelados (más los miles todavía bajo la ocupación militar).

REFLEXIÓN DE HEBRÓN: La calle Shuhada: Manteniendo la quietud (cuando no se puede mantener la paz)

Un intercambio honesto entre un soldado y dos ecaperas ilustra la diferencia entre “manteniendo la paz” y haciéndola.

AL BWEIREH, PALESTINA: Colonos “acaloran el aire”; asentamiento anexo desmantelado

Bloqueos son emblemáticos de una década de hostigamiento de militares y colonos contra los palestinos en Al Bweireh. 
¿Este nuevo será más que un bachito en el camino para los colonos de la Colina 86?

HEBRON: Militares israelíes asaltan a activistas en acción para abrir la Calle Shuhada

Militares israelies detuvieron a activistas no violentos locales e internacionales que intentaban reclamar acceso para los palestinos a una calle local en Al Khalil (Hebron) el día 24 de julio de 2010, deteniendo a seis y deportando uno de ellos.

ACTUALIZACION DE HEBRON: El 1 hasta el 16 de abril de 2010

bado, el 3 de abril

La vecina de ECAP retiró temporalmente el alambre concertina de “seguridad” conectado a la valla por debajo del apartamento de ECAP, con la esperanza de barrer debajo del alambre y quitar los trapos, las bolsas de plástico y papel que había acumulado en los rollos afilados. Mientras barría la zona, tres del Shabab (jóvenes) de la Ciudad Vieja se sentaron en el borde de la acera a su lado, conversando con ella sobre el nuevo equipo de fútbol que estaban esperando organizar con sus amigos de la Ciudad Vieja.

De repente, alertado por el soldado en su puesto cerca, seis soldados aparecieron en la escena. Los soldados marcharon a los Shabab al retén de Beit Romano donde llevaron a los jóvenes detrás de una puerta. Los ECAPer@s y la vecina trataron de razonar con los soldados, insistiendo en que los muchachos no estaban haciendo nada. Dentro de quince minutos, sin embargo, el jeep de la policía llegó y la policía llevó a los jóvenes a la cárcel de Kiryat Arba.

La vecina llamó al capitán, explicando que ella había aflojado el alambre. Los chicos no habían estado en el lugar cuando ella lo había hecho. Tanto el soldado que llamó a la patrulla al lugar y el soldado en el techo cercano había visto que el vecino había sido la persona que se había aflojado el alambre. En aproximadamente una hora, la policía liberó a los tres jóvenes.


He was a little boy, with dark hair and hazel eyes like my eldest grandson.  He was even the same height, so I imagined him to be eight years old, just like my grandson.  He had the most frightened look on his face.  Six Israeli soldiers had him trapped.  They were rapidly marching downhill along the side street that leads to the main road going into the Old City of Hebron; the part of the city riddled by a roadway of tunnels close to the military post into which Palestinians disappear for questioning and beatings.  My partner on street patrol and I did not take long to size up the situation.  The Israeli soldiers literally had the boy by the scruff of his neck as they dragged him along.  There was no hovering adult walking alongside, who, if not able to help, could at least try to be with him. 

HEBRON UPDATE: 17 May-14 June 2008

Tuesday, 27 May

Janzen and Benvie visited a local friend and found that three settler boys had stolen his donkey. Even though the police called the guard at Harsina settlement, he would not stop the boys. The donkey's owner had just spoken to a local settler, for whom he had worked, who offered to look into getting the donkey back. The donkey was thirteen-years-old and had been trained to walk in the field between the rows without stepping on any plants.

Fallon, Van Hoogstraten, Uhler, and a visitor had tea with the former mayor of Beit Ummar. The Israeli military authorities had just released him from prison after eleven months in administrative detention. The initial charges--Hamas membership and being elected mayor from the Hamas party--were dropped by the judge, after which, the military took up the case and decided the evidence in a "secret file" justified holding him. He told the CPTers that he is willing to go to jail for the rest of his life rather than betray the people who freely elected him mayor. He said he and his family are willing and "very happy" to make this sacrifice.


BEIT UMMAR: Tragedy in Beit Ummar, Part II--rest in peace?

On 1 Feb. 2008, Israeli authorities released the bodies of Mahmoud and Muhammed Sabarnah to the Palestine Red Crescent Society for burial in their home community of Beit Ummar in the Hebron District.…

After noon prayers at the mosque in memory of the two men—now called “martyrs”—a funeral procession of 3,000 mourners began carrying the bodies towards the cemetery. Six internationals, including CPTers Tarek Abuata and Doug Pritchard and four members of the International Solidarity Movement, positioned themselves almost at the front of the procession. As the procession came within sight of road #60 and the final approach to the cemetery, the IDF had closed a gate across the street. Before anyone reached the gate, and without any provocation or warning, the IDF began firing on the procession, first with live ammunition, and then with plastic bullets, tear gas, and concussion grenades.

BEIT UMMAR: Tragedy in Beit Ummar, Part I—a closer look

I sat in the Jerusalem Hotel restaurant on Sunday, 27 January 2007 and read the headline in the Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, "Yeshiva counselor who killed terrorists lives to tell the tale." In that article Elyakim Kovatch, the counselor who shot two intruders, used the word "terrorist" twelve times to refer to the young men he killed.

I boarded the bus for Hebron, and got off at Beit Ummar to meet the grieving families of the men whom Kovatch had shot.

Hebron Update: 31 December 2007 – 14 January 2008

Wednesday 02 January

…When Benvie and Uhler picked up “Hani” (not his real name), an eight-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair, at the Ibrahimi Boys School to take him home, a teacher said that eight to ten soldiers broke into the school that morning during exams. He said they disrupted all the classes and insulted the teachers and headmaster in front of the students. The soldiers made the boys put their hands up. The little boys became afraid and some of them wet their pants. The soldiers said they saw an armed Palestinian policeman go into the school in the morning. The teacher said, “We ask God to give us patience.”

Saturday 12 January

…CPTers Benvie and Funk spent five hours along Wadi Al Nasara accompanying Palestinians. Settlers were harassing them and soldiers were ignoring them. In one instance, three settler boys came towards a Palestinian man. One of the boys spoke in Arabic and insulted the Prophet Mohammed, saying he was a pig. The man became angry and Benvie stepped between him and the boys. The man was able to go on his way. A soldier stood and watched, but did not offer any help or try to redress the boys’ conduct.

A group of eight to ten settler girls pulled Benvie from where she was standing and dragged her to the middle of road. They hit, pushed and kicked her until she fell down. A boy sprayed something in Funk’s face, making it difficult for him to see clearly. Throughout the attack, the soldier stood and watched what was happening. Eventually another soldier saw what the settler boys and girls were doing and moved forward to stop them.