Photos of the Israeli occupation last week in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Pictured here: The street at Qitoun checkpoint where CPTers monitor school run is currently torn up as pipes are repaired. This means that much of the checkpoint is in disarray and the gate was often open to allow for the street work. Yet the occupation goes on in spite of what might be deemed a less "secure" checkpoint. Children and adults still file through the turnstiles though the extra barricades make it more confusing to navigate.
Our Neighbourhood Has A Name!
Pictured here: Recently new street signs are cropping up in Hebron's old city, such as this one at the end of the street where CPT Palestine is located. The signs acknowledge Palestinian roots and presence in the Old City. As part of entrenching the occupation, Israel has begun removing Arabic names and Arabic in general from much of the signage throughout Israel and the West Bank.
Resistance By Art
Pictured here: What does resistance to occupation look like here in Palestine? Sometimes it looks like street art by children. Last week our neighbor brainstormed with some neighborhood boys about creating more space to play outside our street door. The boys cleaned up all the garbage between the metal gate and the barricade. Then more children came and together painted beautiful pictures on a cement block and a barricade that prevent access to Shuhada Street. So far the soldiers have not bothered the children. We hope it stays that way.
Right to Movement - Bethlehem Marathon
Pictured here: The HIRN Friends and Family Team for the Right to Movement Marathon in Bethlehem. This annual event will take place on April 1, 2016. This year CPT Palestine's partner HIRN (Hebron International Resource Network) is participating in the marathon to raise funds for rehabilitating bathrooms at Zweidin Girls School, located in the South Hebron Hills Bedouin community of Zweidin. If you would like to support the cause, follow this link.
Pictured here: On the evening of 24 February, infamous Israeli settler Anat Cohen disrupted and attacked a peaceful gathering of Palestinians in Hebron's Salimeh neighborhood. The group was gathered at one of the numerous events that week to commemorate the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994.
Pictured here: During the week of 20-26 February, various local peace organizations held a series of actions and events in Hebron to remember and commemorate the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994. People gathered in Hebron's Salimeh neighborhood on the eve of the anniversary, the massacre was marked by lighting candles as well as a screening of a documentary about the massacre.
Pictured here: We met this smiling, giggling group of children while out patrolling during Shabbat. We always appreciate the smiles and greetings and handshakes, and often cannot resist the request for a photo.