“Are the soldiers coming again tonight?” Repeated Israeli raids on three Palestinian homes, complete with  police dogs, brutal arrests, confiscations, terrified children, demolition orders … and nearly eight weeks of silence from the Israeli authorities: This is the experience of Beit Kahil village’s extended Assafrah family and their Zahur in-laws. That all happen after the…

Netanyahu’s visit causes civil disruption in al-Khalil (Hebron) The Palestinian community of al-Khalil (Hebron) experienced widespread civil disruption on 4 September when incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Hebron in a scheduled appearance at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City.  The possibility of Netanyahu visiting al-Khalil was a rumor in the Palestinian community…

Craftspeople of al-Khalil: An interview with Bader and Zachariah Bader al-Tamimi’s shop stands at the entrance to the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron). Bader is always there it seems – a warm, dignified, welcoming presence to tourists, residents of al-Khalil (Hebron), members of human rights groups, and fellow craftspeople alike. Small cups of coffee or…

“We will start all over again”: Palestinians face a surge of home demolitions Early in the morning on 22 July, more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers and government workers arrived to Sur Bahir in the southern area of East Jerusalem and aggressively began the process of demolishing 70 Palestinian homes. Alongside the sheer magnitude, this home…

Passage through the Checkpoint: Experiences of Palestinian Female Residents in Hebron In the Israeli-controlled H2 area of al-Khalil (Hebron), Palestinian women and girls moving around their neighbourhoods encounter a number of obstacles to their freedom and security vis-a-vis Israeli military, border police, and settlers. The checkpoint, however, is an unpredictable and isolated site of male…

Life in the Seam Zone Village of Al-Seefer On Saturday 1st June, during Ramadan, two CPT’ers were accompanying community partners in At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills. While there, the CPT’ers were invited to share an iftar meal with the Bedouin community in Al-Seefer and it was too good an opportunity to miss, so they…

To the Coming Generations On May 10, 2019, CPT Palestine was called out to a major incident in Tel Rumeida. On arrival, we found that around 50 Israeli soldiers, together with a number of armed settlers, had just arrested two young Palestinian men. Talk about using a sledgehammer to crack a nut! At first, Israeli…

“Welcome to the Crossing”: The Beginning of Checkpoint Privatization In April 2019, three major checkpoints (Bab al-Zawiyeh / 56, Salaymeh / 160, and Qitoun / 209) in the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron) were surrounded with wooden planks and large signs saying “Welcome to the Crossing” in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The Hebron Municipality has…

“They only wanted to punish me” “At 2 am in the morning on Friday, June 23, I woke up with someone knocking on my house door and I knew what was coming. When I opened the door about 25 soldiers entered my house. They didn’t even let me change and immediately ordered me to wake everyone in…

  On Thursday, 8th March 2018, in the Old City of al-Khalil, 11-year old Ali Marwan Khaled al-Joulani went out to buy yoghurt for lunch and came back home at around 4pm. A group of soldiers were outside his building when he returned. Ali was scared so he ran up the staircase but found the…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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