About CPT Palestine
CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, we help create a space for justice and peace.
We maintain a project in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic).
The Work of CPT Palestine:
- Supporting Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the occupation in coordination with Israeli and international organizations
- Providing daily accompaniment for Palestinian children walking to and from school
- Accompanying Palestinian shepherds and farmers to fields where Israeli settlers often assault them
- Monitoring treatment of Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints and roadblocks
- Intervening during human rights abuses and violations, including Israeli military invasions of Palestinian homes and markets
- Sharing reports and documentation with CPT's network, media contacts, governmental and human rights organizations, and consular and embassy officials
- Hosting international delegations organized by CPT, in addition to hosting groups visiting Hebron/Al-Khalil and At-Tuwani; connecting these groups with local peacemakers and organizations
- Advocating for the reduction of foreign support for the occupation, through increasing awareness of the occupationâ€™s realities and through support of the boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) movement
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Tourists who visit Hebron are likely to get more than they bargained for if they walk through the Old City on Saturday afternoon. Shoppers choosing between embroidered dresses and brightly colored kaffiyas will be surprised by dozens of soldiers, dressed for war and pointing their weapons at visitors and shopkeepers. Travelers who were hoping to purchase a falafel on their way to visit the tomb of Abraham and the historic Ibrahimi Mosque will find their way blocked as Israeli police and soldiers spread through the square at Bab al Baladiya and fill the narrow walled roads of the old city shopping district. Saturday afternoons and on religious holidays, the Settler Tour gives visitors an unexpected chance to see the occupation of the historic old city of Hebron through new eyes.
CPT is involved in a campaign to save Masafer Yatta from being anexed by Israel. Masafer Yatta refers to an area of the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank which is home to 1800 people living in 12 villages. 8 of those villages (approximately 1000 people) face eviction by the Israeli government. Israel wants to use the area for military training and refers to the area as 'Firing Zone 918'. A temporary court injunction is all that is preventing the demolition of these villages. For more information on the Firing Zone project, or for information about how to get involved got to our page: Save Masafer Yatta
'Al-Rajabi Building' Project
CPT is involved in a campaign to prevent settlers from re-occupying Al Rajabi Building in Hebron. Al Rajabi Building was occupied by settlers in 2007. The settlers were evicted in 2008 when the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that some of the documents of sale had been forged. When the settlers were evicted the level of settler violence increased in Hebron and throughout the West Bank.
If a settlement was to be re-established in Al Rajabi Building it would create territorial continuity between the Kiryat Arba and the Settlements in the Old City. Palestinians have been forbidden to drive on the road outside Al Rajabi Building since 2000, however when the settlers were occupying the building greater restrictions of movement were placed upon the Palestinians. History shows us that often the Israeli Defence Forces use the excuse of security to carry out house searches and increase dententions in areas where there are settlements.
For more information visit our Al Rajabi Building page