Christian Peacemaker Team: Law and Order?

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Image: Christian Peacmaker Team

Christian Peacmaker Team

March 10, 2019 – Standing on a-Shuhada street, nearby the Qurtuba school, a chatoic scene breaks out as settlers rush from their vehicle and start harassing local Palestinians and human rights observers. The Israeli police and military are right in the middle and do nothing to restrain the Israelis.

The harassment quickly turns into physical attacks on cameras, cellphones, and human rights observers! Instead of protecting the people being attacked, the police arrest an innocent international who was caught in the middle of the chaos. The police and soldiers then decide to declare the area a closed military zone and remove everyone but the Israeli settlers from the street.

Image: A settler intimidates Palestinians as soldiers, tourists, and human rights observers stand nearby.

A settler intimidates Palestinians as soldiers, tourists, and human rights observers stand nearby.

As the Palestinians and internationals were being escorted out, the settlers continued to harass and threaten them along the way. This all takes place as students and teachers of the school prepare for an education and do their best to avoid being swept into the ordeal as they walk by.

The international was later released with no charges and the settlers were able to return that afternoon and the following morning to start their routine again. These types of incidents are becoming more common and with the presence of the police who are tasked with providing protection and justice to the people in H2 area but only exercise that right to Israeli settlers.