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“Was I human in your eyes today?”

December 21 was a special day for me. I passed through Checkpoint 56 in H2 area of Hebron, without the soldiers stopping me, searching my bag and checking my ID. It is one of the checkpoints that leads to Shuhada street, which used to be the main artery of Hebron.

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Letter to Australian MP Richard Marles: “Peace in the Middle East” is not a joke

Dear Mr. Marles, I am a U.S. citizen who has worked in the West Bank City of Hebron since 1995 with the human rights organization Christian Peacemaker Teams. I am currently serving with two Australian teammates who brought to my attention a picture of the four you enjoying time in Jerusalem under the caption, “Bringing […]

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Israeli soldiers punish CPT neighbors for having no weapons in their home

Israeli soldiers invaded the home of CPT-Palestine’s neighbors on the morning of Tuesday, 6 December. They found no weapons in the residence, but they still seemed to feel entitled to punish the family. They trashed the home, strewing the family’s possessions about, insisted on interrogating the sister with mental disabilities

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South Hebron Hills

Will Um Al-Khair disappear?

Palestinians are not allowed to build on their lands before receiving permission from the Israeli Government. Although they are living in tents and huts, Israeli authorities have issued demolition orders for Umm Al-Khair, saying these tents were built without permits.

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“Without hope we would not survive”

The other day my morning started with a beautiful sight. A fence outside our apartment was knocked down. The night before there were loud construction noises. I assumed it was the regular construction work taking place to fix the drains before the rains were due to come. But it was much more than this.

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Checkpoints Are Killing Us

A Hebron businessman is the source for our title phrase. He meant that checkpoints were killing his business and those of others. Checkpoints make transport more difficult because permits are necessary to use Israel’s apartheid highways. The requirement for a permit often leads to extortion by Israeli security agents to force the Palestinian applicant to become a collaborator.

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Education Under Occupation, Part 2: Responsibilities of the Occupying Power

Education Under Occupation Part 2: Responsibilities of the Occupying Power Introduction In Part 1 of this newsletter – available here -, we have discussed the applicability of the Geneva Conventions referring to the protection of the Palestinian civilian population living under Israeli military occupation. Political and diplomatic stands vary but nowadays, form the law perspective and […]

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Extra Stress

Extra Stress At 7 AM while walking to monitor a checkpoint while on school patrol my partner and I looked up and saw this. It is something you will never see near a school in the West. We are all familiar with electric wires over which pairs of running shoes have been tossed and sometimes […]

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Gold Street

Gold Street   The photo shows a street that was called Gold Street. In 2001 it was a prosperous and bustling business area where the shopkeepers became rich servicing those people who needed to buy gold for their weddings. Soon it was declared part of a closed military zone and the merchants were forced to move […]

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Struggles of the Olive Harvest

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 […]