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There is a group of boys from the Old City of Al Khalil/Hebron who congregate in the evenings at Bab al-Baladiyeh, the old municipality square, to kick around a soccer ball. There aren’t very many places to play in the Old City but this is one of them; a space only large enough to play a 3-touch game up against a wall, right opposite of the Israeli occupying forces military base.

I had seen the boys playing several times as I walked through the Old City, but the day I finally found the courage to join in the game would forever change me and my understanding of the reality of living under occupation in Palestine.

A friend asked me that question before I left for Palestine where I work with CPT in Hebron. I told her it was because, from the first time in 1997, the Palestinian people had stolen my heart. I love being in this place with its people, their culture, the hills and the villages.

Susiya, Palestine Escalating tensions fill the village of Susiya in the South Hebron Hills as it faces threats of imminent demolition and a forced removal of all those living here.   Since 1986, the current location of susiya has been demolished several times. With each demolition, the residents rebuild on the land for which they…

Checkpoint 56 To walk through Checkpoint 56 is no straightforward process for a Palestinian. Even the term “walking through” seems limp and devoid of truth: There’s standing and waiting, some leaning and retracing of steps. There’s standing and waiting, some leaning and retracing of steps. There’s standing and waiting, some leaning and retracing of steps….

Remembering Martyrs’ Cemetery On a warm, sunny, Sunday noontime, 26 February 2017, at The Martyrs’ Cemetery on a hillside in Hebron, groups of Palestinian community leaders, political officials, the press, school children, members of the community and international observers gathered to remember the 29 lives that an American-Israeli settler, and doctor, took Friday, noon, 25…

Colonization: Bridging Israel and America I was invited by CPT to come to Hebron and bear witness to the harassment of the IOF, the cruelty and aggression of the illegal Jewish settlers, and the demolition and theft of homes by the IOF for the illegal Jewish settlers. As a team, we accompany Palestinian children and…

The Walk to School in Hebron by a recent CPT Palestine delegate Imagine your children or grandchildren going off to kindergarten. Young, innocent, curious, proud to be “adults” going to school now. Not quite the same for kindergarten kids off to school in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, Palestine. In one neighborhood the kindergarten kids round…

The West Bank Teachers’ Strike: Revolution in the Making? On Saturday, 12 March 2016 after a one-month strike, the Palestinian teachers in the West Bank returned to work (and Christian Peacemaker Teams-Palestine resumed its school checkpoint accompaniment.) The teachers were striking for fairer wages and in general more respect by the Palestinian Authority (PA) officials….

Restricting the life out of Hebron’s Old City – by Kathleen Kern Every year when I return to Hebron I have come to expect that I will find the Israeli Military Occupation more entrenched, the people more battered, more resigned. I expect that the Christian Peacemaker Team I have worked with since 1995 will have…

On New Year’s Day here in Hebron, after months of painstaking waiting and deliberations, the parents of 17 slain Palestinians finally received the bodies of their children. Killed by US-backed Israeli armed forces in and near Hebron over the course of the last three tumultuous months of 2015, and held by the Israeli government without…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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