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.

December 21 was a special day for me. I passed through Checkpoint 56 in H2 area of Hebron, without the soldiers stopping me, searching my bag and checking my ID. It is one of the checkpoints that leads to Shuhada street, which used to be the main artery of Hebron.

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…

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…

The family’s cherished almond and cherry orchards are a thing of the past; only a few straggling trees survived the bulldozers of the Israeli Antiquities Authorities (IAA) in the last year. On 31 December 2014, the Abu Haikel family had their case protesting Israel’s takeover of the land on which they held a protected tenancy…

TEL RUMEIDA, Palestine – With only a sliver of their land left to protect, having their entire lot of land encircled by Israeli settlements, Faryel and Arwa Abu Haikal climbed over a pile of rubble and boulders and stopped the Israeli bulldozer from shearing further into their property, dumping their dignity into the back of…

TEL RUMEIDA, Palestine – The Israeli Antiquity Authority’s continued illegal excavations on the Abu Haikal land has led to further destruction of the family property. On Monday March 26, 2014, a bulldozer driver working on the excavation site undermined the foundation of Abu Haikal’s retaining wall. This was the second incident this month of the…

Caption: Faryel Abuhaikal sits in nonviolent resistance to stop the further expansion of the Israeli archaeological dig on her land. HEBRON, Palestine – The Israeli Antiquity Authority continues to expropriate Palestinian land in Hebron, on the hillside of Tel Rumeida. On Sunday May 18, 2014, the IAA workforce, under the instruction of project coordinator Emmanuel…

HEBRON, Palestine – The Israel Antiquities Authority, with the cooperation of the settlement security apparatus, has expanded the excavations around the Abu Haikal, Al Natsheh, and Al Gobeh families lands in the H2 section of Hebron, near the illegal Jewish settlement of Tel Rumeida. On Sunday, May 11, 2014, members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams,…

Settlers  have won a victory in their ongoing attempt to grab land for a new settlement in Hebron.  On March 11 the Israeli Supreme Court agreed to hand over the Al-Rajabi building in the Old City of Hebron to settlers, despite the devastating humanitarian impacts of the decision on Palestinians living in the neighborhood.  The…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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