From Hebron, May 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

Photos taken the first week of May by members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron

Click here for the 2017 First Quarter Report by the Team

Child detentions

Pictured here: Many young Palestinian men and boys were targeted by Israeli forces this week who accuse them of throwing stones in the clashes last week. In the above photo, a 14-year-old boy from a village outside of al-Khalil/Hebron was on his way with two of his friends to pray at Ibrahimi mosque when soldiers detained him for over an hour, questioned him, and blindfolded him before taking him into the military base. Also, a 16-year-old boy from the Old City was taken by Israeli soldiers behind the military gate and detained for 20 minutes. (May 1 & 6, 2017)

Don’t Move

Pictured here: Israeli Border Police shot a 20-year-old Palestinian man outside the Ibrahimi mosque early Thursday morning. He suffered serious injuries from the bullet wound. As a result, Israeli occupation forces closed the mosque checkpoint, further limiting Palestinian movement. (May 4, 2017)

Apartheid Streets

Pictured here: A day after the young man was shot by Border Police, Israeli occupation forces installed 25 meters of concrete barriers and fencing in the vicinity of the shooting. These barriers were added to an already partitioned street, which further segregates the streets of a Palestinian neighbourhood in al-Khalil/Hebron. (May 5, 2017)


Pictured here: Clashes broke out on Friday when the Israeli military entered the H1 area under Palestinian control. Soldiers spread out throughout the area of Bab iZaweyeh, occupying rooftops and taking over the streets with military jeeps and a water cannon truck. (May 5, 2017)


Pictured here: Israeli military spray excessive skunk water onto homes and businesses in Bab iZaweyeh. This foul-smelling chemical covered the streets on Friday and can still be smelled days later. Apart from skunk water, the soldiers fired 35 sound bombs and 14 tear gas canisters during clashes that lasted for 7 hours. (May 5, 2017)

Settler Harassment

Pictured here: With Israeli settlements in such close proximity to Palestinian homes and shops in al-Khalil/Hebron, the local community experiences frequent harassment and violence from settlers who have access to the roofs above. This week settlers dumped sand down into the marketplace (top), poured urine onto shopkeeper’s merchandise (not pictured), and threw stones while the soldier watched (right). Another shopkeeper opened the tap of his sink to show the soap suds gathering; a sign that settlers had filled his rooftop water tank with soap (left).