Sophia's Peace Work

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I just got this message from the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron. I worked with both Kim and Christopher and I was in the area where they were attacked (take a look at my more recently posted pictures) on a couple of weeks ago. It is hard to believe this has happened to people I know.

It so easily could have been me.

Kim Lamberty (Washington DC, USA) and Christopher Brown (San Francisco, USA), members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, were attacked and beaten by five Israeli settlers while accompanying Palestinian children walking to school this morning in the Southern Hebron District of the West Bank. The school children were able to escape uninjured. Lamberty and Brown were taken by ambulance to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheba.

The Israeli settlers took Lamberty's pack with her money, passport and cell phone. Lamberty stated in a telephone interview, "We were attacked by settler men who came from the Ma'on outpost. They were dressed in black with black scarves across their faces. They threw us down to the ground and kicked us. Chris was also beaten with chains and a bat." Lamberty suffered a broken arm and knee. She has now been released from the hospital and is recovering in Jerusalem.

Brown sustained broken ribs, one of which punctured his lung. He has undergone a surgical procedure to fix his collapsed lung. Brown also suffered a contusion on his head at his temple, but does not appear to have any brain injury. He will be recovering in the hospital for an unspecified amount of time.

Christian Peacemaker teams are present in the area of the attack at therequest of Palestinian villagers who are suffering repeated harassment from Israeli settlers while Israeli authorities have failed to intervene.

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