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February 11th, 2014

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Communications & Engagement Director and Program Director position openings

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) invites expressions of interest in and nominations for the positions of Communications & Engagement Director and Program Director. 

The Communications & Engagement Director will coordinate, develop and implement a new overall CPT communications strategy that shares CPT’s story in a way that honors the voices of CPT’s partners, undoes oppression and furthers CPT’s mission, vision and values. 

PALESTINE: Border Police detain, humiliate and arrest men trying to go to Friday prayers; CPTer’s camera taken.

On 7 February 2014, CPTers went to the routine Friday mosque patrol IMG_9874around prayer time.  Often during Friday prayers, Israeli Border police will take the IDs of young Palestinian men while they going into the Ibrahimi Mosque, check to see if they have any outstanding warrants and then return the IDs when the men come out of the mosque.  This Friday, however, Border Police were not allowing the men to go to the mosque while they were checking the IDs.

February 9th

PALESTINE: August 2013-January 2014: A turbulent semester for H-2 schools in Hebron

The most routine part of CPT Palestine’s work in Hebron is the monitoring of checkpoints through which students and teachers must walk to get to schools.  For years, they have been stationed at the Qitoun checkpoint/Checkpoint 209*, which stands between boys walking from the H-1 area to il-Ibrahimi school and girls walking to al-Faiha school as well as their teachers.  This semester, after daily clashes began erupting at four other H-2 schools near the Salameh checkpoint/Checkpoint 29, CPTers (when they had enough people to do so) began monitoring Checkpoint 29 in the early morning and when school let out.

February 6th

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Umm al-Kher facing settler attacks, settlement expansion and a lawsuit from Karmel

CPTers went out to Umm al-Kher on 3 February with a representative of the United Nations because of some recent attacks by Karmel settlers on the villagers.  Since men of the village had received threats of arrest if they got into altercations again with the settlers, women had been taking the sheep and goats to their grazing land, but settlers had attacked them as well.

February 1st

PALESTINE: Christian Peacemaker Teams to challenge denial of entry in Israeli High Court

Those who have been following CPTnet for the last few months have read stories about Israeli border authorities denying CPTers entry into Palestine.  Over the summer, they turned back two reservists from the airport in the same week.  Since then, two more CPTers, Jonathan Brenneman and Patrick Thompson, have been denied entry crossing the border from Jordan into the West Bank.  Brenneman attempted three times within the space of three weeks and was told the Israeli authorities would not allow him to enter the West Bank because of his involvement with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

January 31st

PALESTINE: Thirteen-year-old boy arrested, questioned without parents present

Around noon today 30 January 2014, members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a call from members of the International Solidarity Movement that soldiers had arrested a boy on New Shalala Street.  Members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) were just leaving the CPT apartment at the time and followed up, but by the time they arrived, soldiers had already taken the boy behind the gate at Beit Romano Settlement.

January 30th

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well as cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

January 22nd

PALESTINE REFLECTION: Why they should stay

 

staff and students of Khirbet al-Majaz school

The complete teaching staff and student body of
Khirbet al-Majaz school

In 1999, the Israeli military administration forcibly expelled 900 people and destroyed their homes within an area it calls Firing Zone 918.  Only after residents petitioned the Israeli High Court did it grant a temporary injunction in 2000, allowing them to return.

Life for Palestinian communities in the area has worsened because of Israeli settlement expansions.  The Israel military administration continues to demolish new houses and buildings or deliver stop work and demolition orders to those in the process of construction.  Israeli settler violence has already caused the abandonment of two villages, Al-Kharoubeh and Khirbet Sarura.  Another two communities—Tuba and Jinba—continue to suffer Israeli settler attacks, which the Israeli military almost never prevents.  And in 2012, the Israeli military re-started their military manoeuvres in the area...

January 20th

COLOMBIA: Displaced leader returns to community

On Friday January 10th, Salvador Alcántara, pastor and leader for the community of El Garzal and Nueva Esperanza, and his family returned to their home.  Paramilitary threats forced pastor Salvador and his family to leave El Garzal in June of 2013.

After 7 difficult months away from family and church community, Salvador glowed with joy as he and his family unloaded boxes and swept away cobwebs.  “I am thrilled to be home” he said over dinner with his children and grandchildren,  “now I really feel free”