The Common Good
January 2005

Beaten, Not Bowed

by Rose Marie Berger, Mark Betz | January 2005

Christian Peacemaker Teams members Kim Lamberty and Chris Brown were attacked Sept. 29 by five Israeli settlers while accompanying Palestinian school children south of Hebron.

Christian Peacemaker Teams members Kim Lamberty and Chris Brown were attacked Sept. 29 by five Israeli settlers while accompanying Palestinian school children south of Hebron. Wielding chains and bats, the settlers broke Lamberty’s arm and left her severely bruised. Brown was hospitalized with fractured ribs and a punctured lung. The children escaped without injury. "I remember thinking to myself that if I just lie very still and pretend that I am unconscious or dead, maybe they will go away," Lamberty reported. "I also remember hearing Chris scream, realizing that he was taking a much worse beating, and knowing that there was nothing I could do for him." Both intend to complete their tour of duty.

On Oct. 9, in the same area, eight settlers attacked CPT members Diana Zimmerman and Diane Janzen and representatives from Operation Dove, Amnesty International, and the local Palestinian community. "We understand unjust systems use violence to repress nonviolent challenges, so we’ll escalate our nonviolence," Mark Frey, administrative coordinator at Christian Peacemaker Teams, told Sojourners. "We believe Christians must be on the front lines, taking our peacemaking as seriously as soldiers take war-making."

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