Mospah follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He has been making and selling jewelry in the same shop in the Old City souq for fifty years.

Why does he do what he does, where he does? Because it’s a family tradition, part of his heritage. He has a strong sense of rootedness, from both his father, whom he reveres, and his grandfather. Mospah has ten children, seven daughters and three sons, and thirty-seven grandchildren. The entire family continues to live in Hebron.

‘What’s your name?’ ‘How old are you?’ ‘Are you married?’ – the last a surprising question from the lips of a small Palestinian child trying out her English on the streets of Hebron. Adults are more cautious: ‘Where (are) you from?’ is a common ice-breaker…

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.

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.

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…

An American Jew stands in solidarity with a Muslim woman from Susiya - a Palestinian village under threat of demolition.

Reflection from an interfaith delegation: A group of U.S. American Jews and Christians traveled together for a CPT delegation in Palestine. Here you’ll find the experience of one Jewish participant, and how it felt to navigate the complexities of being one of the very few non-settler, non-military Jews in Palestine. In the course of the…

Every Saturday, Israeli and foreign tourists gather in Hebron’s Old City for a tour. On this tour, visitors are given a false and racist history of Hebron that denies the legacy of Muslims and Jews living together for centuries. The tour is accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers and Border Police, who ID check and…

I have been thinking a lot about bravery recently. It probably began last Friday, standing on the side of the street documenting Israeli military assaults on Palestinian protestors. I heard a thud as a bullet slammed into the metal door up the street, and turned to look at my teammate with confusion — was that really a…

Despite the heavy snow and the cold weather, Palestinians of Hebron gathered on Friday 20 February to remember those killed in the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre and demand the opening of Shuhada Street. On 25 February 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a US-born Israeli settler, walked into the Ibrahimi Mosque and murdered 29 men while they prayed.  Israeli forces killed an…

Palestinian women prepare the ground for the olive saplings next to Qurtuba School. On 3 February, community members planted 90 olive trees next to the Qurtuba School in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Al-Khalil (Hebron), located right next to illegal Israeli settlements. The Palestinian Association for Voluntary Work planned the action, also involving the Hebron…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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