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CPT Palestine Plans New Directions for Its Work

CPT’s Palestine team will stay in Hebron, a microcosm of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, and make human rights promotion a focus of its work, but plans to expand its work into new peacebuilding enterprises over the next three years. Most full-time Palestine CPTers (Israeli authorities had denied Jonathan Brenneman entry into the country […]

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Clashes in Hebron

On the morning of Monday, August 26, Israeli soldiers raided the Qalandia refugee camp to make an arrest. As the soldiers moved through the camp, crowds gathered, and protests, which included stone-throwing, began. In response, the Israeli military killed three Palestinians and injured 15. The events in Qalandia created waves throughout the West Bank. That afternoon clashes […]

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Al Rajabi Building and Firing Zone 918, Two Court Cases, One Day!

JERUSALEM – The Israeli Supreme Court heard arguments on two cases that can significantly change the complexion of the West Bank, in particular the Old City of Hebron as well as the South Hebron Hills consisting of the villages of  Majaez, Taban, Isfay, Fakhit, Hallawa, Al Mirkaz, Jinba and Kharuba. Although the two court cases […]

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Unequal equality at Il Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of Machpelah

According Israeli civil administration policy, Jews and Muslims may use the Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of Machpelah exclusively on their holiest days; on paper, the Israeli authorities allot each group an equal number of these days.  But the realities on the ground show the severe inequality of this policy’s implementation. August 4 was Laylat-al-Qadr, the holiest night […]

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Urgent Action: Entry Refusals are Latest of Israel’s Restrictions on CPT

On two occasions last week Israeli officials at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport refused entry to members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) who traveled to Israel to join CPT’s team in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. On Tuesday July 2 a CPT reservist from the Netherlands was interrogated and held in the airport for 14 […]

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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: Trapping children

Because of the dire economic situation in the Old City in Hebron every day children go to the Ibrahimi Mosque soup-kitchen to get food. Walking out through the mosque checkpoint shortly after noon on Sunday 26 May, I was surprised by the number of people standing at the other end of the checkpoint. Upon passing […]

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Hebron CPT’s neighbour arrested for alleged stone-throwing

Hebron CPT’s neighbour arrested for alleged stone-throwing   Sunday 19 May 2013  On Saturday evening 18 May at about 7.30 p.m. Hebron CPT’s neighbour and friend was arrested by a squad of at least ten Israeli soldiers. She was accused of throwing a stone from the roof of her apartment onto a group of settlers […]

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Palestine Reflection: Last minute communion

  Last Thursday I attended communion at Sabeel, an ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem. Actually, I missed most of the service. Traveling in an occupied territory takes a long time. One member who regularly attends communion says it takes him an hour and a half to travel the five miles to reach the communion. As anywhere, […]

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April 23 2013 Olive Trees Uprooted

[youtube=http://youtu.be/XOXvdEaKAgY]Israeli Soldiers and Border Police Destroy 200 Young Olive Trees in Palestinian Village of Susya Israeli soldiers and border police today used a backhoe to uproot 200 young olive trees in the Palestinian village of Susya in the South Hebron Hills.  The demolition of the olive grove began at 8:00 am and finished at 10:45 am. […]

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Soldiers in occupied Hebron arrest nine children in 18 days

Soldiers in the occupied Old City neighborhood of Hebron (H2)  arrested and detained nine children between the ages of eight and 16 from April 5 to April 22.   Most recently on April 21 soldiers   arrested a 15-year-old boy who was playing outside the Ibrahimi Mosque.  According to witnesses the boy sustained serious injuries to […]