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Jewish settlers attack US Christians

Jewish settlers attack US Christians

By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

Thursday 30 September 2004, 2:24 Makka Time, 23:24 GMT

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Jewish settler immigrants from North America have attacked and severely beat American Christian peace volunteers near the village of Yatta south west of Hebron.

Palestinian and Israeli sources said the attack occurred on Wednesday.

According to the Hebron-based Christian Peace Making Team (CPT), five settlers carrying iron chains and baseball clubs, assaulted two male and female volunteers who were escorting Palestinian schoolchildren to their school at the village of Tuba near the settlement of Maon in the southern Hebron hills.

The assailants reportedly beat the two volunteers and robbed them. The pair were evacuated by an Israeli ambulance to a hospital in the southern Israeli town of Be'ir Sheva were their condition is said to be moderate.

The assailants also stole a bag belonging to a female volunteer named Kim Lamberty. The bag contained a passport, money and a cellular phone. It is not clear if the settlers had wanted to attack Palestinian schoolchildren who fled to their homes.

Volunteers severly beaten

CPT spokesperson in Hebron, Cal Carpenter told that one of the volunteers had a collapsed lung while a woman volunteer had sustained cuts and bruises.

"They apparently were unhappy to see us stand by the kids whom the settlers want to abuse….so they thought that we were frustrating their efforts"

Cal Carpenter,
Christian Peacemaking Team

Asked why he thought the settlers assaulted his colleagues, Carpenter said the settlers "didn't like what we were doing, namely escorting Palestinian kids to their schools."

"They apparently were unhappy to see us stand by the kids whom the settlers want to abuse… they thought that we were frustrating their efforts."

Carpenter said the CPT volunteers wouldn't be intimidated by the Jewish settlers "savagery."

"We will go to the village tomorrow and we will escort the kids to their school."

According to Palestinian locals, the settlers in the area despise the Christian activists for "helping the Palestinians stay in the area."

'Disrupting efforts'

"The settlers believe the Christians are disrupting their efforts to get the Palestinians to leave the area," one local told

Peace activists are

often man-handled

The incident came less than 48 hours after a Jewish settler from a settlement near the Northern West Bank town of Nablus murdered a Palestinian driver and father of eight children.

The settler, however, has been freed from police custody and placed under temporary house arrest.

The Israeli army, in concert with settler leaders in the area, have been trying to expel several hundred Palestinian families from the area for the purpose of expanding the settlement of Maon.

Two years ago, the army destroyed hundreds of caves and many cisterns belonging to Palestinians in order to force them to leave.

Relations between the settlers and the Christian volunteers have never been good.

Jewish settlers, indoctrinated by a staunchly anti-Christian ideology, routinely throw rocks and shout obscenities at the volunteers.

NOTE (Not part of article): Christian Peacemaking Teams is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations.
Supporting violence-reduction efforts around the world is its mandate.

Contact CPT, POB 6508 Chicago, IL 60680;
Telephone: 773-277-0253
Fax: 773-277-0291;

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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.

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Kim Lamberty is not entirely a random target, I think. She's writes regular dispatches for CPTnet which circualtes among certain Christian groups. It's also interesting to note that there's virtually no coverage of this in American mainstream media.

September 7, 2004

HEBRON: Lockdown

by Kim Lamberty

Lockdown is a term used in U.S. jails when prison staff lock
inmates in their cells so they cannot walk around the common areas or go
outside. Sometimes prison officials use lockdowns to get an accurate count
on the prisoners; other times it is punishment imposed after some kind of

Hebron is in lockdown. The recent Palestinian suicide bombing attacks in
Beer Sheva perpetrated by men who lived in Hebron were the "incident." The
Israeli army had previously blocked most of the roads in and out of Hebron,
but now they finished the job. They have locked us down.

The Israeli occupation becomes more harsh every day. Currently 32% of
registered Palestinian refugees live in camps. Refugees make up 32.6% of
the population of the West Bank. Over 60% of Palestinians live on less than
$2.15 per day, the official poverty level here. Ninety-eight Israeli army
check points and ninety-nine road blocks control the movements of West Bank
Palestinians Fifty percent of the total land mass of the West Bank is under
the control of Israeli settlers, who confiscated it from Palestinians.

Before the "incident" Palestinians could get out of Hebron by taking a
cab to a roadblock, then climbing over the pile of rocks and dirt, then
catching another cab waiting on the other side. We have to repeat this two,
sometimes three, times to get to Jerusalem. Returning from Jerusalem this
past Sunday, we found that the army had put up yet another barrier: barbed
wire. We took a cab to the roadblock, climbed over it, then took a cab to
the barbed wire, then walked around three sets of coiled barbed wire in the
road about a half block apart. Then we caught another cab. The soldiers do
not stop this, for they have accomplished their goal: collective punishment.

The whole town is being punished for the action of two
residents. Detentions of Palestinian men at checkpoints in Hebron have
picked up noticeably since the suicide bombing. Recently, we witnessed
Israeli border police parading a line of about thirty-five young Palestinian
men toward the checkpoint nearest our apartments. The police made them
squat in a line for an hour. When someone asked the officer in charge why
the men were detained, his reply was, "because I want to."
The violence of the jailer is well-known but rarely punished, while the
violence of the inmate results in severe punishment for the whole
population. The only difference is that most people here never committed a
crime. They landed in this jail due to geography, international politics,
ethnic origin, religion, and bad luck.

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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.
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It is truly shocking what goes on in the world that we in the U.S. receive little or no coverage on from the mainstream (so-called "liberal" - HA!) media.

The Jewish people have been discriminated against for thousands of years. They deserve a safe, secure life where they can go about their lives without prejudice, worrying about when their enemies will strike next.


Kudos to the brave peace workers, Christian and otherwise, and thanks for posting this article, Volcana.
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