CPT: Occupation Captured

Posted on May 29, 2017

While recognizing that we are only able to record a fraction of the atrocities that occur, CPT Palestine is committed to documenting these human rights violations and intervening when appropriate and possible. By sharing these numbers, we strive to amplify the stories of those who are experiencing the most injustices and promote a narrative that calls for peace with justice.

Counter-Settler Tour Pictured above: CPT monitored its first counter-settler tour created in partnership with a local tour guide. The tour takes place at the same time as the weekly settler incursion in the Old City, offering a narrative of Palestinian history and culture in al-Khalil and explaining the impact of occupation on daily life, economy, and freedom. Members of our CPT delegation were the main participants last week. A future goal of the project is to draw more Palestinians into the space of the Old City to raise awareness about resistance to the occupation. (May 20, 2017)

Sound Bombs Pictured above: An Israeli Border Policeman throws a sound bomb towards Palestinian youth during clashes on Monday. In support of the Palestinian political prisoners’ hunger strike, al-Khalil and other cities across the West Bank participated in a general strike. All businesses, schools, and transportation services were closed. The number of clashes has increased over the last weeks in conjunction with many strikes and demonstrations in support of the hunger strikers and their demands for rights and dignity. In this clash, CPT reported that the Israeli military and border police fired 50 sound bombs, over 12 tear gas canisters, 9 rubber bullets, and at least 2 rounds of live ammunition. (May 22, 2017)


Under Arrest  Pictured above: An 18-year-old boy is arrested during a clash on Friday, 26th May. Israeli security forces continue to use clashes as a way to isolate, photograph, and arrest young Palestinians. Locals reported four other young men were arrested the same day. (May 26, 2017)


Searched Pictured above: Israeli soldiers force two men to vacate their car in order to conduct a search. Regular patrols of the Old City continue as body searches, ID checks, and invasion of personal property are used to restrict the movement of Palestinians. As Ramadan begins and crowds fill the streets in celebration, Israeli military uses patrols to further harass and control the local community. (May 26, 2017)