Struggles of the Olive Harvest   From October to the beginning of November, Palestinian farmers will attempt to harvest their olive trees, anticipating with bated breath what restrictions the Israeli Army will place on them, how many settler attacks there might be and what level of destruction their olive trees will endure. Once bearing witness…

Palestinian women prepare the ground for the olive saplings next to Qurtuba School. On 3 February, community members planted 90 olive trees next to the Qurtuba School in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Al-Khalil (Hebron), located right next to illegal Israeli settlements. The Palestinian Association for Voluntary Work planned the action, also involving the Hebron…

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…

Caption: Faryel Abuhaikal sits in nonviolent resistance to stop the further expansion of the Israeli archaeological dig on her land. HEBRON, Palestine – The Israeli Antiquity Authority continues to expropriate Palestinian land in Hebron, on the hillside of Tel Rumeida. On Sunday May 18, 2014, the IAA workforce, under the instruction of project coordinator Emmanuel…

Settlers  have won a victory in their ongoing attempt to grab land for a new settlement in Hebron.  On March 11 the Israeli Supreme Court agreed to hand over the Al-Rajabi building in the Old City of Hebron to settlers, despite the devastating humanitarian impacts of the decision on Palestinians living in the neighborhood.  The…

On the morning of March 1 three Israeli soldiers prevented a family from Beit Ummar from working in their orchard, and forced the family to leave their land, which lies directly below the settlement of Bat Ayin. Beit Ummar is located 11 km northwest of Hebron in the West Bank.  The village’s main source of income…

The following news release is from Operation Dove’s team in Tuwani, South Heborn Hills.  Operation Dove provides protective presence and accompaniment to the Masafer Yatta area.  Five days previous to this action Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed 80 Palestinian olive trees.  On the morning of February 15 more than 60 Palestinian men, women and children…

February 16, 2014 Friends and internationals gathered today to plant olive saplings in a Palestinian orchard in Wadi al Hussein.  The 25 one-year-old trees replaced mature trees which were damaged by last month’s winter storm in Al Khalil.  The orchard belongs to a Palestinian  family whose land is now surrounded on three sides by the…

In 1967, the Israeli military forcibly took part of Abu Hamed al-Zaru’s  land (63 dunams), calling itself the custodian.  The military forced the Palestinian population living near what became the settlement of Kiryat Arba to sign a rental agreement for land on which it installed communications towers in 1971.  This agreement also made it possible for Kiryat Arba…

On 5 January 2014, CPTers learned that a bulldozer had begun leveling a large tract of almond orchard for the expansion of the Tel Rumeida settlement complex on the previous evening.  Two CPTers visited with Hani Abu Haikel, long-time CPT partner, on 7 January to learn more details. According to Abu Haikel, his extended family…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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