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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 […]

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Soldiers arrest 12 year old boy in Hebron

April 20, At 4:15 PM soldiers arrested a 12 year old Palestinian boy as he rode his bicycle through Bab il Baledeyya near the entrance to Hebron’s Old City. The soldiers brought the boy into the military base at Beit Romano settlement and held him for about one and a half hours.  They then walked […]

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Soldiers arrest thirteen year old Palestinian boy in Hebron, oPT

Hebron, oPT April 15, 2012 On the night of April 14, Israeli soldiers in Hebron took a thirteen year old boy from his house, blindfolded and handcuffed him and closed him inside a nearby checkpoint container for 20 minutes. The soldiers then walked him, still blindfolded and handcuffed, to another checkpoint a block away and […]

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Occupied Childhoods. Newly released report on violation of children’s rights in Hebron

OCCUPIED CHILDHOODS Impact of the actions of Israeli soldiers on Palestinian children in H2 during February, March and April 2013 OCCUPIED CHILDHOODS:  Report by International Human Rights Workers in Hebron, OPT, Documents the Loss of Childhood in Occupied Hebron. A newly released report compiled by internationals working in the West Bank city of Hebron documents […]