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…

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.

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…

Language has a potent knack for steering public perception, and, if we’re not careful, certain words can become surprisingly effective tools of oppression. Before I came to Palestine, from my vantage point on the sidelines in the US, the word “occupation” definitely conjured a thoroughly negative picture of entrenched power-over oppression. But the picture I…

On Sunday Israeli Border Police arrested two CPT members while they were walking Palestinian children from kindergarten just after noon. The CPTers were taken to the police station near the Ibrahimi Mosque, then moved to a police station in the Givat Havot settlement, and finally released at 5:20 p.m. Israeli police did not press formal…

A young Palestinian boy waves the flag of Palestine outside of Check Point 56, one of the road closures that ensures Jewish exclusivity down Shuhadah Street in Hebron. HEBRON, Palestine – Last Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Hebron. As a supporter of the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, President Rivlin could have…

11 December 2014—This morning the education of thousands of Palestinian children in Hebron was again compromised. While hundreds of children tried to walk to the seven schools near both the Qitoun/209 and Salimeh/29 checkpoints, Israeli border policemen fired teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets in response to a few children throwing stones towards the checkpoints. Even…

    November 15: CPTers gathered expectantly at Bab il-Baladiyya, one of the bustling business areas in Hebron’s Old City. Palestinian shopkeepers greeted passersby, while shouts and chants in Hebrew came from the other side of a metal gate, one that separates the Old City from an area where Palestinians are forbidden. Israeli soldiers stationed…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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