Gasim and Waleed are two brothers who were born, and have grown up in the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron). They are from a big family, with five brothers and three sisters. We spoke with them about what their life has been like, what their hopes are and what they see as important to create change. G: “I left my school when I was 12 years old. I left my school because when you are born in the Old City of Hebron, in the middle of Israeli settlements, and the military it’s difficult to live. ..

UPDATE At 2 am, in the middle of the night, the parents of this 14-year-old boy received a phone call. They were able to go and collect their son after the Israeli soldiers detained him for 5 and a half hours. He was not charged. He was not taken to the police station. He had been detained…

On December 21st the director of UNICEF, Mr. Geert Cappelaere, and six other local staff visited Al Khalil. The purpose of their visit was to visit Qurtuba School on Shuhada St., which runs past Beit Hadassah where some of Hebron’s most violent Israeli ‘settlers’ live.

On Friday 30 December, after praying at the al-Ibrahimi Mosque, six teenage boys went to spend time at the Friendship Garden Cafe in the Hebron’s Old Market. Israeli soldiers stopped two 15-year-old boys, checked their IDs and searched one boy’s bag. A soldier pushed one of the boys up against the wall. When the other…

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…

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.

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…

This study is divided into two parts. In this first section we will consider the framework of International Humanitarian Law, including a short tour through its history and applicable normative bodies. In the second part, which will be featured in next month’s CPT newsletter, we will explore the obligations of the occupying power with specific attention to children’s access to education…

I wake to the sound of screaming. Screaming and multiple tear gas canisters fired no more than ten meters away from where I lie.
I close the windows and rush to check on my grandparents. They’re both in their 80’s and won’t be able to handle even the smallest amount of tear gas. It’s just the three of us in the house. I ask my grandparents about what’s happening, and they appear to have no idea. They’re completely unfazed and ask if I’d like some tea…

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) provides an ongoing protective presence for eight schools and two kindergartens located between four checkpoints[i] in the Old City of Hebron. This report covers the period from 24 January 2015 to 28 May 2015 in the above mentioned areas. These are considered some of the most vulnerable locations, as is noted…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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