Who we are
Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, non-violent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities we strive to help create a space for justice and peace.
Updates from the field
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.
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.
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.
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 to a happier time when picking olives was a joyful family affair, the olive harvest now attests to this generation’s struggle against the Israeli occupation.
An olive tree can bear fruit for hundreds, even thousands of years: resilient to drought and poor soil conditions, these trees are a symbol of resistance and sumud, or steadfastness in Palestine… Read more
Exposure to violence
Palestinian children in the H-2 / Israeli military-controlled area of Hebron, besides having to deal with the violence, poverty, humiliation and restrictions on their movement that are a direct result of Israel’s military occupation of the city, must regularly walk through toxic clouds of teargas on their way to school. The hundreds of students attending Ibrahimi, Al Fayhaa, Tareq Ibn Ziad, Khadeegeh, Hebron, and the UNRWA schools, as well as their teachers and neighbors,… Read more
Stats on Teargas
Palestinians living in Hebron / Al-Khalil repeatedly face teargas, sound grenades, and other violent measures deployed by Israeli forces. Christian Peacemaker Teams accompanies Palestinians living in H-2 / Israeli-occupied Hebron and documents the Israeli military’s use of violence against the people living there. The numbers below tally up-to-the-hour incidents of teargas and sound grenades in the areas of Hebron’s Old City that CPT and the International Solidarity Movement monitor… Read more