Eine Gruppe von radikalen SiedleraktivistInnen -
unter ihnen einige, die von der Armee von Gush Katif in Gaza
entfernt wurden, obwohl sie dort überhaupt nicht wohnten - planen
den Bau von 15 neuen "illegalen" (natürlich sind alle Siedlungen
nach internationalem Recht illegal) Siedleraußenposten. Dorothy
charakterisiert diese Siedler als brutale Typen, die in jedem
zivilisierten Land im Gefängnis wären. Sie fällen Bäume, werfen
Steine in palästinensischen Häuser, dringen nachts in Dörfer ein mit
gefährlichen Hunden u.v.a.m inklusive Mord. Sie sind Sharons "wahre
Die BewohnerInnen des palästinensischen Dorfes
Deir Istiya haben beschlossen, eigenhändig eine Straßensperre zu
entfernen, die sie gezwungen hatte, nur zu Fuß oder über einen
langen und schwer befahrbaren Umweg das Dorf zu verlassen. Außerdem
schneidet die Straßensperre 5 Familien vom Rest des Dorfes ab. Die
BewohnerInnen haben für den 21. Dezember Israelis und Internationale
aufgerufen, sie zu unterstützen bei der Entfernung der
Ein Tagebuch von CPT Aktivitäten in Hebron gibt
ein umfangreiches Bild der Situation dort und der Hilfsmöglichkeiten
der Organisation. Da es um die alltäglichen, ähnlichen Einsätze
geht, die erst in ihrem Gesamtumfang die Situation der
PalästinenserInnen dort veranschaulichen, hänge ich den gesamten,
ziemlich langen Bericht in Englisch an. Schwer zu lesen ist er
Morgen folgen noch ein paar Berichte über die
jüngsten Aktionen gegen die Mauer, die eine bewundernswerte
Zähigkeit gekoppelt mit Phantasie aufweisen.
4. Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005
From: CPTHebron <email@example.com>
Subject: [cpthebron] Hebron
Update: 9 - 15 December 2005
9 - 15 December 2005
Team members during the
period were David Corcoran, Art Gish, John Lynes,
Rich Meyer and Kathie Uhler.
During the week all members
took part in daily school patrols, but our
thoughts and prayers were
especially with our friends in Iraq. May God be
Friday 9 December
At 1pm Rich Meyer observed
two settler boys throwing tiles from a low flat
roof behind Beit Hadassah
down on Palestinians (and Meyer) in old Shalala
Street. Meyer called the
police and TIPH (the Temporary International
Presence in Hebron, an
official body of observers).
Saturday 10 December
(International Human Rights Day)
At 6:45 a.m. John Lynes, en
route to school patrol, saw Israeli soldiers
entering the Mayela home
behind the CPT apartment across the rooftops.
Others heard and saw nothing
from there, but at 8:45 a young neighbor boy
came to tell us that the
soldiers were still in their house. Kristin
Anderson and Diane Janzen,
from the At-Tuwani team, went to the home and
found six Israeli soldiers
laying around in the center room, with the family
confined to one bedroom.
Janzen began videotaping, and in four minutes the
David Corcoran and Kathie
Uhler began school patrol at the Ibrahimi Boys'
School/Yatta Road checkpoint
at 7:10 a.m. Israeli soldiers would not let
the girls through the
barrier, as they did on Thursday. One girl, about
13-years-old, unlatched the
razor wire and let herself through when soldiers
were otherwise engaged. They
did not stop her when they saw her. A female
teacher tried to talk the
soldiers into letting them through, to no avail.
Five press photographers
arrived. One of the photographers told Uhler that
a soldier had used "bad
language" at them, and had also called some of the
children "sons of bitches".
The photographers called the officer who came
and reprimanded the
Then suddenly at 7:45,
probably at the officer's order, and after a female
teacher had asked for the
metal detector to be turned off, all the students
passed through the cabin.
Passing by the Gutnick
Center checkpoint, Corcoran and Uhler joined Lynes
waiting for four Palestinian
men to get their IDs checked. They had been
waiting almost a half hour.
Lynes summoned TIPH, and he continued to wait
with the detainees while
Corcoran and Uhler went on to the CPT apartment.
Sunday 11 December
School patrol at the
Ibrahimi Boys' School/Yatta Road checkpoint went
smoothly today. Lynes and
Uhler witnessed soldiers letting the girls and
some boys through the wire
at the barriers, by-passing the cabin altogether.
The remaining boys went
through either side of the metal detectors in the
cabin. One boy reminded a
reluctant soldier that the officer had let the
girls through the barrier
yesterday. Maybe this helped loosen things up.
At 6:30 p.m. six Israeli
soldiers searched the CPT apartment. One soldier
referred to the fact that
CPTers had "disturbed" them at the neighbors' home
yesterday. At 7:00, two
TIPH observers came to take testimony about the
home invasion. They said
TIPH observers would return tomorrow to take
testimony from the
Monday 12 December
Meyer and Lynes did school
patrol. Israeli soldiers had invaded the home
above the cafe at Haret
e-Qazazeen, and tied an Israeli flag to the awning
next to Jamal's shop. Meyer
stayed, Anderson and Janzen came and tried to
film the soldiers in the
house, but they kept the door barred. The soldiers
left after an hour.
Meanwhile, at the Ibrahimi
checkpoint cabin, children succeeded in unhooking
the end of the razor wire
several times, and dashing to school past the
Israeli soldiers. The
remaining children dispersed before 8:00 a.m.
Lynes, Uhler and a
translator went to check out and document blockage of
windows and doors on
Palestinian homes along Worshippers' Way, as reported
to CPT by the Hebron
Rehabilitation Committee. After talking with the
Arab-Israeli contractor on
the scene, the translator was concerned that the
blockages might be to keep
Palestinians from disturbing Israeli settlers who
might move into the vacant
Palestinian homes. She then took the CPTers on a
tour of the Palestinian
homes further behind the row of homes along
Worshippers' Way. These
homes are being rehabilitated, and a mosque will be
ready for use in 8 months.
Tuesday 13 December
Corcoran, Gish, Meyer and
Uhler did school patrol. About 25 children,
mostly girls, waited, and
were let through the cabin.
Lynes, Uhler and a
translator paid a CSD (Campaign for Secure Dwellings)
visit to a Palestinian
family now living in Abu Sneineh. The family is
living in the maternal
grandmother's apartment while rebuilding in Al Sendas
near their demolished home.
They said over half of the cost of the new home
so far has been covered by
donations from Hebronites. The interior still
needs to be finished
Lynes returned to
Worshippers' Way, and photographed freshly blocked
At 5:00 p.m. Israeli
soldiers again conducted a house invasion of the CPT
apartment. Corcoran was the
only CPT person present. The soldiers produced
no search warrant and
despite demands that they leave their guns outside,
they forced their way in and
searched all the floors of the apartment.
Corcoran called the police
who said they could do nothing about it.
Wednesday 14 December
School patrol was quiet on
the whole. A Palestinian threw a stone at the
soldiers, who promptly gave
chase. One soldier had a vigorous argument, in
French, with one of the TIPH
women, accusing TIPH of encouraging Palestinian
children to misbehave. The
children dispersed at about 8:00 a.m.
Lynes again photographed
windows being blocked along Worshippers' Way, to
the annoyance of the Israeli
Corcoran and Uhler met with
the head of the Hebron Community Mental Health
Program. They discussed
common objectives of CPT and his organization, with
a view to a meeting in Idna
between CPT and the Idna Charitable Society. The
theme of the meeting would
be: "How can people in Idna, confronted with the
Wall, promote personal
integrity and enhance nonviolent coping mechanisms?"
Israeli soldiers again
invaded the CPT apartment at 5:00 p.m. for a third
time in four days.
Corcoran, Gish, Lynes and Uhler were present. After
being asked not to bring
their guns into this House of Peace, and unable or
unwilling to produce a
written search warrant, they forced their way into
the apartment carrying their
guns and calling CPT an illegal organization.
After about 10 minutes they
left, observed by 3 members of TIPH who had
followed the soldiers to the
Thursday 15 Decembe
Uhler patrolled at the
Ibrahimi Boys School/Yatta Road checkpoint. A soldier
greeted her, "Kathie!"
Later he told her his name. She asked, "Why not
let the girls through the
razor wire and barrier like last week?" He
replied, "Not me last week."
Uhler was pretty sure he was on duty last week.
He then said, "You see that
girl? She is the ring leader. She is a future
Osama Bin Laden." To which
Uhler replied, "If you let her and the girls
through, she wouldn't become
that." He then said, "I am only doing my job."
One side of the metal
detector booth was turned off. Still, no girls or
women teachers went through
it, opting to walk around the long way to
school. The boys went
through both sides of the booth metal detectors.
Four media volunteers, one
Italian, one German, two US, came around 8:00
a.m. from Alternative
Information Center. They interviewed Uhler and Art
Gish about the work of CPT
(Gish had just finished patrol at Shuhada
Corcoran and Lynes walked
along Worshippers' Way, photographing blocked
windows, and also windows
which may be earmarked for blocking.
The team hosted an
international group of rabbinical students who were
touring Hebron to become
acquainted with Palestinians and understand the
The visit included prayers for the release of all
captives, prayers for rain,
and prayers for peace and reconciliation. The
meeting included Muslims,
Christians, and Jews.
Christian Peacemaker Teams
is an ecumenical initiative to support violence
reduction efforts around the
world. To learn more about CPT's peacemaking
work, please visit our
website at: http://www.cpt.org.
Photos of our projects may
be viewed at: http://www.cpt.org/gallery