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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos July 25- August 1

 

Hebron Settlers Occupy Palestinian Home

 
Pictured here: Israeli settlers supported by Israeli soldiers, Border Police and Israeli Police illegally entered a home owned by the Abu Rajab family which is close to the Ibrahimi Mosque and next to  Al Fayhaa girls school in Al Khalil (Hebron)  Read more. Settlers have been evicted on two previous occasions, the last time being in 2015 when they failed to show the Israeli Civil Administration proof of ownership.  If the settlers are successful in this attempt to take permanent possession of the house it will almost create a complete encirclement of the Old City of Al Khalil by settlements.
A Palestinian family of sixteen which includes eight children under fifteen years live on two floors of the building and have been subjected to violence whilst trying to move in and out of their home. The area was declared a Closed Military Zone and at this time it is not known if that order has been lifted.


(July 25, 2017)

CPT Mediterranean: Urgent Action Request from Lesvos

CPTnet
1 August 2017
CPT Mediterranean: Urgent Action Request from Lesvos - Please share the information and join a 24-hour fast in solidarity with Behrooz Arash who is at risk of death

by CPT Mediterranean/Lesvos

Behrooz Arash is dying. He sent a voice message to CPT members on Lesvos in which he said that his skin was falling off his body. We have been worried about his situation for a long time. The body gets damaged after the loss of 10% of the body weight. Behrooz has lost far more than that. He weighed 60 kilograms when he started his hunger strike 35 days ago. The last time he was checked, he weighed only 44 kilograms. That happened last week. We expected the police to respond to the demands from the doctors, the lawyers and others to take both Behrooz Arash and Kozhin Hussein to hospital. However the police kept them in jail. We expected them to care about the survival of the hunger strikers, that they would value their lives, but we were wrong. Until this very moment, they are locked inside a cell and prevented by the police to receive medical care or vitamins. They are in this critical situation without any medical support.

Three men on a hunger strike holding banners: My life has value

PALESTINE: What would you risk for peace?

CPTnet

31 July 2017

PALESTINE: What would you risk for peace?

by Rachelle Friesen 

In April 2017, more than 1,600 Palestinian political prisoners went on a hunger strike. As I write this article, strikers have refused food and have been drinking only salt water for the last 31 days. They are protesting being held without charge or trial, medical negligence, poor treatment and the lack of family visits. The strikers are putting their bodies at risk to nonviolently protest their treatment; many are experiencing severe fatigue, malnutrition and dizziness.

Throughout Palestine, people are rising up in support of the hunger strike. Nonviolent resistance to the policies of occupation are not new. When I lived and worked in Palestine with Mennonite Central Committee, part of my job was to accompany and support the nonviolent resistance. Every week, activists would protest against the separation barrier in various villages around the West Bank, and every week those same activists were faced with violent repression from the Israeli military, who used tear gas, sound bombs, rubber-coated-steel bullets, live ammunition and beatings by soldiers. 

While putting their bodies in danger, they also risked arrest. At the Nakba demonstration in 2015, Mazzen Al Azzah, a friend and nonviolent activist, was arrested. When he was released, it was on the condition that he would not attend any more demonstrations. When I asked him what he was going to do, his response was, “I will go. I am not afraid. This is part of the struggle.”

Palestinian man

Prayers for Peacemakers, 28 July 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 28 July 2017

Prayer for participants of the 48th CPT's training for peacemakers.

Eleven peacemakers from Brazil, Uruguay, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and the USA are training in Chicago, USA to become members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). This one-month-long training is an intense time for those who are discerning their future with the organization. Trainees explore their personal and group strengths and challenges, share deep emotions and experiences and learn new skills needed for the work and life on one of the teams of CPT. The training days are long, busy, tiresome, and filled with stress as well as joy.

Let us pray for the trainees: their emotional and physical well-being, health and resilience as they continue to grow, experience and internally transform. Let us give thanks for their commitment to building partnerships that transform violence and oppressions. Let us also hold in our prayers the trainers and members of the administrative team of CPT who are accompanying and supporting this training in Chicago. Let us also remember when we pray the five peacemakers from Palestine, Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan and Netherlands who oppressive structures and personal and health emergencies prevented from being able to come and take part in this training.

Chicago Training team poses in front of a banner "50 years od suffering - US-Israeli occupation of Palestine

On 21 July training participants alongside CPT members and supporters carried out a public witness action to encourage consumers to stop buying products that supoort occupation of Palestine.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos July 18-24

A week of occupation in photos: July 18 - July 24
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"Day of Rage"

Pictured here: Two Red Cresent Society ambulances wait to transfer injured to hospitals as clashes erupted across the occupied West Bank on the Day of RageJuly 21, 2017.  Palestinians are protesting new Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex. In Hebron, Palestinians gathered at the Hussein Stadium for Friday prayer. Following prayer, CPT witnessed clashes that erupted from Bab al-Zawiya, and reached the area of the Hebron governmental hospital. CPT observed Israeli soldiers who took over the roof tops of several Palestinian homes and turned them into temporary military posts, where the soldiers shot tear-gas, rubber-coated bullets, and live ammunition at Palestinians.
 
 (July 21, 2017)