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The Festival of Ramadan

“Now is the time to unite the soul and the world, Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows” Rumi CPT Palestine team is happy to be able to experience the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in al-Khalil (Hebron), standing with the Palestinian community in celebrating this holy month. […]

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“They only wanted to punish me”

“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 […]

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Hasan – the Prinicipal of Ibrahimi Boys School

Hassan – the Principal of al-Ibrahimi Boys School Al-Ibrahimi Boys School is located near the Ibrahimi mosque and the Palestinian neighborhoods of Qitoun, Salaymeh and the Old City. Qitoun checkpoint, Salaymeh checkpoint and the Mosque checkpoint are all situated close to the school. The majority of students and teachers come to school through Qitoun checkpoint […]

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Same Crime, Different Sentence

Same Crime, Different Sentence CPT is deeply saddened by the recent killings of the three young Palestinian men, Hamzi al-Zama’ri, Ahmad Nasser Jarrar and Khalid Tayeh, killed by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Raziel Shevach and Itamar Ben Gal killed by Palestinians, in a two-day period this year, on the 5th and 6th of February. […]

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Updates from the Ground – March 2018

Updates from the Ground – March 2018   School Runs at Checkpoints CPT members have continued monitoring Qitoun, Salaymeh and al-Ein Humrah checkpoints each school morning when students are going through the checkpoints to their respective schools. During the first five weeks of the school semester the Israeli border police have been causing regular delays […]

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Reflections from a CPTer – Another Child Arrest

Reflections from a CPTer – Another Child Arrest How do you live through your child being arrested? How does a child reintegrate into society after spending time in prison? In Israeli military prisons? He was one of the teenagers arrested back in Summer. 16 years old, he was considered an adult under the Israeli military […]

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Seriously injured 11 year-old fears arbitrary arrest from Israeli forces

Update on 11 year old Ali al-Joulani from al-Khalil after he sustained serious injuries from a 10-meter fall, after Israeli forces chased him up his roof. See previous report on his fall here. A week after he fell from the roof of a 3-story building, scared of fully-armed soldiers and trying to escape them, 11-year […]

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11 year old seriously injured

  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 […]

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Settler parade illustrates illegal apartheid-system enforced by Israeli forces on Palestinians in al-Khalil

Settler parade illustrates illegal apartheid-system enforced by Israeli forces on Palestinians in al-Khalil On Thursday, 1st March 2018, around noon-time, Israeli forces increased restrictions and collective punishment on the civilian Palestinian population in the old city of occupied al-Khalil. The increased restrictions were enforced in order to facilitate movement of settlers from the illegal settlements. This led […]

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Run

There is a group of boys from the Old City of Al Khalil/Hebron who congregate in the evenings at Bab al-Baladiyeh, the old municipality square, to kick around a soccer ball. There aren’t very many places to play in the Old City but this is one of them; a space only large enough to play a 3-touch game up against a wall, right opposite of the Israeli occupying forces military base.

I had seen the boys playing several times as I walked through the Old City, but the day I finally found the courage to join in the game would forever change me and my understanding of the reality of living under occupation in Palestine.