This Incident Report contains data collected over the last quarter, January through to March 20171. The report is broken down into five main sections: Children Under Occupation, Adults Under Occupation, Checkpoint Activity, Settlers in Al-Khalil/Hebron and Human Rights Observers.

Abu Saad creates art works in bottles of colored sand and is always ready with a cup of coffee and a story. Several years ago, Abu Saad went to Jordan to teach them how to fly commercial airplanes. He learned that Palestinians are not allowed to do that; but, as he says, “That’s not the…

“We live in a prison. We can’t move freely. There are checkpoints everywhere, and you never know if you will be allowed to pass, or if you will be stopped, IDed and searched. This can happen even on the street or on the sidewalk. How can we expect customers to come to our shops?” Jamal…

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.

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.

When Christian Peacemaker Teams responded to a call from Palestinian Christians in 1995 to document the 40% increase in settlement expansion since the signing of the Oslo accords, they did not predict that twenty years later they would still be working in the West Bank.  Indeed, the organization would have been less willing to consider…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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