Lessons of Hong Kong “How was I supposed to think about a world where the life of a Palestinian is utterly disposable?” — Pamela J. Olson, Fast Times in Palestine When millions of people are in an open struggle for freedom, the world takes notice. The Green Movement in Iran, the Arab Spring, the Maidan…

Hebron will remain an icon “Al-Khalil will remain an icon of the resistance to occupation and settlements.” These were the words on one of the placards carried by hundreds of demonstrators in al-Khalil (Hebron) on 26 November. Palestinians marched peacefully from the Russian Orthodox monastery, known locally as al-Maskobiyeh, through the heart of the city….

Sukkot holidays lead to restrictions for Palestinians The season of Jewish holidays that began this year with Rosh Hashanah and ended with Simchat Torah  (30 September to 22 October 2019) is a troublesome period for Palestinians in al-Khalil (Hebron). The activities of Israeli settlers in al-Khalil, and of the Israeli military that enables them, are…

Occupied Palestine Gathers Its Olives It’s autumn in Palestine. The olive trees – some of them centuries old – stand ready to provide their Palestinian farmers and families another season’s worth of their precious crop. Precious in at least three ways: About 80,000 households depend directly or indirectly on olive tree products, including table olives,…

“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…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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