Sunday, December 07, 2008

On the Ground in Hebron

by Joel Bock
December 6, 2008

Blogger's note: The following is an excerpt from a photographic account of the author's first-hand experiences on location in Hebron, Palestine, with Christian Peacemaker Teams. See the entire continuing story on the author's blog.

...That night we traveled just outside of Hebron to a Palestinian’s home to stay the night. They were, like everyone else, extremely hospitable (we in America have much to learn about hospitality!) in the midst of the conflict and strife. Across the valley I photographed the stream of Jews leaving the local settlement after the Sabbath. There were approximately 20,000 settlers who traveled to these areas for the occasion, but it was also to support the local settlers in illegally occupying a Palestinian house along the road to Abraham’s grave. They have called it the “peace house” oddly enough. If you have been following the local news, the Israeli government and military have recently in the last few days removed them with 600 soldiers, after which the settlers rioted through the city, burning cars, breaking windows, and shooting Palestinians in retaliation. Below is a cropped portion of another shot which shows the protection which all settlements have: gates and armed military. The military is supposed to protect both Palestinians and Israelis, yet this is not the case...

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Blogger cherice said...

Hey Kurt! Thanks for posting this!

Monday, December 08, 2008 8:55:00 PM  

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