Christian Peacemaking Teams Quarterly Incident Report Oct – Dec 2018

Posted on Apr 1, 2019

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Palestine is a faith-based human rights organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By working with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, we strive to help create a space for justice and peace.

CPT Palestine monitors the human rights violations that occur on a daily basis in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Khalil/Hebron and in the villages of the South Hebron Hills, West Bank. This report documents incidents from the fourth quarter of 2018, October through December, which were witnessed by CPT or given to CPT as first-hand testimony.

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We recognize that CPT cannot be present for all incidents that occur on the ground, and this report details only a small sample of violations committed by the Israeli occupying forces and illegal Israeli settlers against the Palestinian community. Our limitations are as follows:

(1) incidents occur across an area of several kilometers and at any time of day, and our limited human resources prevent us from being physically present;

(2) Israeli occupying forces maintain hundreds of obstacles and checkpoints throughout the Old City that slow or completely prevent access to areas where incidents occur;

(3) the Palestinian community does not always notify CPT of incidents for fear of repercussion by settlers or Israeli forces, or because these incidents happen so frequently.

CPT documentation adheres to International Humanitarian Lawand Human Rights Law. The presence of Israeli settlements within the West Bank is illegal according to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. We consider the rights of the child as applicable to all children under the age of 18. By contrast, Israeli occupying forces prosecute Palestinian children as adults from the age of 12 under military law, but prosecute Israeli settler children under 18 as children under Israeli civilian law.