We held the hill. I'm sure there will be some news tomorrow and I'll link to it then - but we held fast on the hilltop and did not move. The settlers attacked us - punching and kicking, spitting and throwing rocks, but we remained steadfast. We knelt in prayer and were not defeated. We had a full ecumenical worship service, we sang songs, we prayed and danced and celebrated the children's hospital that will be built on the hilltop. They will not steal this hill!
At one point, we were singing 'the vine and figtree' and the settlers attacked us very violently all at once - but we remained as a group, praying and singing, moving people from the front line to the back and meeting their violence, hatred and racism with love, gentleness and song. It worked! It really worked! I'll write more tomorrow - but today brought us one step closer to the children's hospital and sent the settlers back to Har Homa and Gilo - if only for a short time.
This is one hilltop they will not steal!