A young Palestinian boy waves the flag of Palestine outside of Check Point 56, one of the road closures that ensures Jewish exclusivity down Shuhadah Street in Hebron. HEBRON, Palestine – Last Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Hebron. As a supporter of the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, President Rivlin could have…

This morning in our worship, we read the famous passage from Ecclesiastes ‘to everything there is a season’  (made famous by The Byrds ‘turn, turn, turn’!).  This passage includes the words  “there is a time to plant and a time to harvest.”    It was particularly poignant as yesterday two of us in CPT spent time…

JERUSALEM, Israel – Over a decade after Rachel Corrie was crushed under the blades of an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah, her parents Craig and Cindy Corrie found themselves in the halls of the Supreme Court of Israel. The Corries were appealing a verdict handed down in 2013 by Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa District…

HEBRON, Palestine – The Israel Antiquities Authority, with the cooperation of the settlement security apparatus, has expanded the excavations around the Abu Haikal, Al Natsheh, and Al Gobeh families lands in the H2 section of Hebron, near the illegal Jewish settlement of Tel Rumeida. On Sunday, May 11, 2014, members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams,…

HEBRON – On April 11th, Palestinians, Israelis and international convened at the Al-Rajabi building to protest the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements in Hebron, near the settlement of Kiryat Arba. Human rights advocates have opposed the takeover of the Palestinian building, as it poses a grave impediment on the sovereignty of the Palestinian community of…

On March 23 in the South Hebron Hills settlers from Mitzpe Yair Ouptpost  forced shepherds off grazing land near the village of Qawawis. The settlers came out above where the shepherds were grazing their flock, below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair, then called soldiers who came down and forced the shepherds to leave a livestock well, saying…

On March 24 settlers attempted to begin construction of a walking path outside the fenced “archaeological” dig near the Abu Haikal home on Tel Rumeida.  The settlers pounded in metal stakes in an area just below the fence which has been erected by Israelis around what was once the orchard of the Abu Haikal family, and…

CPT was represented at the third annual Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem, sponsored by the Bethlehem Bible College on March 10 and 11. Before the conference began, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the Christ at the Checkpoint conference “is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.  The newspaper Israel Today, referring to the conference…

 On Sunday March 16, during the Jewish holiday of Purim,  Operation Dove reported that  Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians and Internationals on Palestinian fields near the illegal outpost of  Mitzpe Yair adjacent to Firing Zone 918 in Masafer Yatta.  A settler armed with an iron pipe began threatening four shepherds and their flock at about 9…

During the month of February Palestinians in Hebron commemorated the 20th anniversary of  two tragic events which continue to haunt lives and curtail freedoms in the city:  The closing of Shuhada street and the massacre of 29 Palestinians in the Ibrahimi Mosque. Early on the morning of February 25 during the month of Ramadan 1994…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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