Archive - Jul 2010

July 19th

IRAQ REFLECTION: Extravagant hospitality

Within the first week I arrived in Iraq, I traveled with CPTĀ¹s Iraq team out of the city where we live, Sulaimaniyah, to the Zharawa camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The people who live in this camp had to leave
their lands, which are on the border with Iran, because the Iranian and Turkish militaries consistently bomb those areas, claiming to target Kurdish resistance groups.

AL KHALIL/HEBRON: Israeli police invade Palestinian home, arrest father in Old City

At 2 p.m. on 13 July, about 20 Israeli police and soldiers invaded the Awewi family home in Hebronā€™s Old City. They forced the mother and the eight children into the kitchen and arrested the father, who is a Palestinian Authority (PA) police officer. The mother attempted to force the door of the kitchen open to give her husband his shoes and trousers. A soldier pushed her against the counter, though she was obviously pregnant. She threw the shoes down the stairwell, hoping her husband could retrieve them.

July 15th

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations autumn 2010 through 2011.

Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations to Treaty #3 Territory, Colombia, Palestine/Israel and northern Iraq, autumn 2010 through 2011. CPT is a faith-based group that seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations.

July 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Jul. 14, 2010

Pray for those organizing the Women and People's Summit of the Americas Against Militarization. This coalition, including Christian Peacemaker Teams, is meeting in Colombia in August "in defence of life and sovereignty."
Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Toronto, Canada

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS,Jul. 14, 2010

 

Pray for those organizing the Women and People's Summit of the Americas Against Militarization. This coalition, including Christian Peacemaker Teams, is meeting in Colombia in August "in defence of life and sovereignty."

 

Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

July 13th

COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Ancestry vs. legal title

A campesino community worked the former estate of Las Pavas beginning in 1995.  The land belonged to their indigenous ancestors long before Europeans started issuing land titles.  In 2009, the Colombian government, like the Spanish colonizers before them, drove off the people with historic connections to the land.  Riches the current people in power seek come from a palm oil monocrop that will later be used in beauty products for multinationals such as The Body Shop.

July 10th

IRAQ Khalid Qadir Mohammed, Rania Youth Center Director

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ā€œMy generation was born into a troubled political time.  Under the Ba'athist party,ā€ he told CPTers.  ā€œMany Kurds were murdered, hurt, arrested and disappearedā€¦Because I am the oldest, I was responsible for my brothers and sisters especially since my father became ill while I was still young.  I tried to educate them and I left school to make money for my family by selling cigarettes.  I loved to read even though there were few books written in Kurdish but there were books written in Arabic and many Arabic newspapers and I read as much as I could."

IRAQ UPDATE: 17-30 June 2010

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Documenting Deaths and Damages from Cross Border Attacks

On 21 June, members of the CPT Iraq team, along with a representative of Human Rights Watch, began a two-day trip to the Choman District.  Two weeks earlier, Iran shelled the area around the tents of two Bedouin families they visited there.  Team members saw artillery shells on the ground around the encampment.  The team members visited Weza village and talked with relatives of Basoz, the fourteen-year-old girl whom Iranian artillery killed three weeks earlier while she was making tea.  In Haji Omeran, team members interviewed a family who said Iran shelled the area around their tents and gardens for seven to eight days.  The team members talked with the mayor and heard of the subdistrict's efforts to respond to the needs of the 223 displaced families.  Near the border crossing, a first officer of a Kurdish base showed the team members from a distance a newly constructed Iranian military base in Iraqi territory. 

COLOMBIA: Invitation to Women and Peopleā€™s Summit

16-23 August 2010, The Women's Social Movement Against War and for Peace, a coalition of forty organizations including, CPT Colombia, invites you to participate in the Women and People's Summit of the Americas Against Militarization.  CPT Colombia has been accompanying the Women's Social Movement Against War and for Peace for one year now.  These women continue to struggle nonviolently for their rights, lands, and dignity.  The following information is about the Summit in August.

July 9th

CPTnet now available in Spanish!/ redECAP ahora en espaƱol!

CPTnet
9 July 2010
CPTnet now available in Spanish!

Please spread the word!  CPTnet, the e-mail news service of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is now available in Spanish.  To receive daily updates, reports, reflections, prayer requests and action alerts in Spanish from all of CPT's projects, contact sophiah@cpt.org or go to http://mailman.cpt.org/mailman/listinfo/redecap.

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redECAP
9 de julio de 2010
RedECAP ahora en espaƱol!

 

Por favor correr la voz! redECAP, el servicio de noticias por correo electrĆ³nico de Equipos Cristianos de AcciĆ³n por la Paz (ECAP) estĆ” disponible en espaƱol. Para recibir actualizaciones diarias, informes, reflexiones, peticiones de oraciĆ³n y alertas de acciĆ³n en espaƱol de todos los proyectos de ECAP, comunĆ­quense con sophiah@cpt.org over http://mailman.cpt.org/mailman/listinfo/redecap.

July 8th

AL KHALIL/HEBRON: Israeli Border Police destroy vegetable fields in Al Beqaā€™a Valley

Video of the destruction of Palestinian vegetable fields by Israeli border police

Israeli border police destroyed several Palestinian fields in Al Beqaā€™a Valley just east of Hebron on 6 July 2010, directly affecting the livelihood of more than one hundred Palestinians.

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