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Border Police invade home near Ibrahimi Mosque
By: Paulette Schroeder
Christian Peacemaker Teams Hebron
19 May 2009
At 8:45 pm May 17, the IDF invaded the Mutahseb family home near the Mosque in H2 area of Hebron. The family had made a new doorway from one of their rooms to the next apartment they rented, but the Border Police Captain said they had not asked his permission. After confiscating all their ID`s, the Border Police ordered everyone together in one open space of their home. They pushed furniture around, then pulled out clothes and bedding from drawers, making general disorder throughout the house.
A family member called CPT at 9:00 pm requesting they document the home invasion. When Tarek Abuata and Paulette Schroeder arrived, the captain ordered them out of the area. Abuata and Schroeder exited the Mosque checkpoint but stayed nearby to observe.
The captain ordered the family out of their house. When Abuata and Schroeder returned inside the gate to be with the family, three soldiers grabbed Abuata and forcibly pushed both him and Schroeder back through the turnstiles and checkpoint gate.
The captain ordered the Mutahseb family to seal up the doorway, and if they did not do this within a short time, he himself would seal it. He threatened that he would also keep the family on the other side of the gate, preventing them from reentering their home. One of the family replied to the Captain`s command: `I`ll not promise you that we will reseal it. Maybe we will. Maybe we won`t. This is our home.`
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about CPT`s peacemaking work, visit our website www.cpt.org Photos of our projects are at www.cpt.org/gallery A map of the center of Hebron is at
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