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July 17th, 2014

CHICAGO, USA: Christian Peacemaker Teams to mourn Operation Brothers Keeper/Protective Edge deaths at Israeli Consulate

On 18 July 2014, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), friends and supporters will gather at the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to mourn collectively and individually the deaths of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Operation Brother’s Keeper and Operation Protective Edge.  CPT trainees, Peacemaker Corps members, and others wishing to show solidarity with those who are suffering, will form a procession, carrying pictures of the dead and reading the names of all who have died.  Some members of the group will then attempt to engage members of the Israeli Consulate in dialogue.


Mohamed Abu Khdeir, 16Mohamed Malka, 3

ACTION: If you are in the Chicagoland area, join us at 11:30 a.m. Friday outside the Israeli Consulate (500 E Madison St.) for the procession.  If you have Facebook, consider changing your profile picture to an image of one of the Palestinians whom Israel has killed (Available for downloading here)—or you can right-click on the images in this release.  Pay attention to Palestinian coverage of events, including the www.imemc.org/ website and consider supporting Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (see www.bdsmovement.net/). Continue to pray alongside Palestinians, Israelis, and all those around the world seeking peace and justice in the region.

Look for updates about the action, and CPT’s support for Palestinian nonviolent resistance, on Facebook [www.facebook.com/cpters] and Twitter [twitter.com/cpt_intl].

July 14th

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE REFLECTION: The river still flows




Judy Da Silva, Slant Lake,
Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows)
October 2011

 

And the sun still shines; at least as it appears to when I look outside my window, in Toronto, Ontario.  Rains, however, have engulfed my heart and spirit, ever since I learned the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor on Friday of Ontario’s “right” to permit industrial logging on Grassy Narrows' (Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishnabek) traditional lands.

As long as the rivers flows and the sun shines” (referencing Treaty #3) has become the cry of resistance since 3 December 2002 when two members of the Grassy Narrows community stepped in front of a logging truck hauling timber out of clear cuts, located on their traditional territory.  Their resistance has become the longest standing indigenous logging blockade in Canadian history.  Make no mistake, it will continue.

“Our supreme law is the Natural Law, and our right to live our way of life on our territory is given to us by the Creator since time immemorial.  Our grassroots women, youth and land users will continue to maintain our blockade, our boycott, and our protest along with our supporters from around the world who recognize that we are standing for all life,” wrote Judy Da Silva, Clan Mother and CPT Partner (emphasis added).

July 13th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: $123,300 RAISED BY CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS IN SPITE OF RECESSION-FUELED GIVING DECLINE

Despite trends showing a decline in non-profit giving across the United States, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is pleased to announce generous donors have surpassed the original $110,000 goal for its Plowing and Planting Campaign, contributing $123,300. Pursuing CPT’s vision of a world of communities embracing the diversity of the human family, living justly and peaceably with all creation, the campaign was launched to “plow” under the debt for CPT’s Chicago training center and office, and “plant” seeds of investment in supportive care for full time team members.  “We’re thrilled to have such generous supporters who believe so deeply in the work of CPT,” said Executive Director, Sarah Thompson.  “In my travels, I’ve been inspired again and again by our diverse supporters and their deep commitment to CPT’s methods of transforming violence and oppression.”

July 11th

COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Sign petition protesting violent eviction of El Guayabo Community members from their land.

[Note: The following has been adapted for CPTnet. The release on CPT Colombia's blog contains a gallery of photos showing in more detail the events of the day.]

On Thursday 26 June, forty-five riot police, led by Leonel Gutierrez Lagares, Inspector of Police of Vijagual, raided the house of Henry Rincón Rinel, a school teacher in El Guayabo.  After four attempts at eviction over the last year, Inspector Gutierrez Lagares, with only eighteen hours notice, ordered the surrender of Rincón’s house.  Riot police entered the property, using fifteen tear gas canisters within the span of seven to ten minutes to disperse community members who had gathered to protect the house and take control.  During that time, riot police caused injury to several community members including severe reactions to the tear gas, lesions, and blows to the body.  The community remained peaceful during the eviction and members were surprised by the police violence.

Take Action: Sign the petition and write to the community.

Prayers for Peacemakers July 11, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers July 11, 2014

Pray for the people of Grassy Narrows.  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that the Ontario government could permit industrial logging on their traditional lands today. 


Epixel for July 13, 2014



 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word. Psalm 119:107

 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

July 4th

PALESTINE: CPT condemns deaths of Palestinian civilians caused by Operation Brother’s Keeper

On 12 June 2014, after the kidnapping of three yeshiva students, Israeli forces launched  “Operation Brother’s Keeper.”  This offensive included 2,200 home raids, 419 arrests, and resulted in at least eight deaths that we can confirm were directly related to the actions of the Israeli military and one death allegedly caused by Israeli civilians.  CPT strongly condemns the killings of Palestinian as well as Israeli civilians, the massive human trauma caused by the Israeli military, and violence incited by Israeli policy and political speech.  We grieve with the families of all who have lost loved ones during these terrible times.




Picture of Mohammad Abu Khdeir widely circulated in
Palestinian social media with hashtag #Don'tBurnOurBoys

July 1st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine responds to incidents occurring after teenagers’ bodies discovered

Upon the announcement that the bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel had been found, the Israeli military closed the Halhul area for about two hours and arrived at the homes of the two Palestinian suspects Amer Abu Eisha and Marwan al-Qawasmeh in northwest Hebron.

As CPT was arriving on the scene, the military presence was growing.  Many Palestinians were also gathering in the neighborhood.  As the crowd grew, the military attempted to disperse the Palestinian onlookers with tear gas and sound grenades.  The crowd retreated, slowly came back, and the routine repeated a number of times without serious injuries.

At about 10:00 p.m., CPT received a call from our partners, ISM (International Solidarity Movement) that settlers from the Tel Rumeida were in the streets attacking Palestinians and internationals.  CPTers left the clashes around the suspects’ homes to monitor the situation in Tel Rumeida.  When they arrived, settlers attacked them, but CPTers did not sustain serious injuries.  As CPTers monitored the situation above Tel Rumeida, the Border Police contingent grew rapidly.  In a quick burst, they stormed the hill towards the gathered crowd of Palestinians and internationals, exploding a sound grenade.  The crowd scattered. In the clash with the military, a soldier hit a Palestinian with the butt of his gun, causing an injury for which he received treatment at a local hospital.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Christian Peacemaker Teams condemns murders

CPTnet
1 July 2014
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Christian Peacemaker Teams condemns murders





The bodies of three yeshiva students, feared kidnapped on 12 June 2014 were found on the evening of 30 June 2014.  The missing teens, Eyal Yifrah, age 19, Gilad Shaar, age 16 and Naftali Fraenkel, age 16 were found near the town of Halhul, just north of Hebron.  This location is not far from the place that the students were thought to have been kidnapped.  CPT strongly condemns these, and all murders, and we weep with the families of all who have lost loved ones, both Israeli and Palestinian, since the news of the kidnapping. 

In addition to killing at least five Palestinians since the news of the kidnappings, the Israeli military has imprisoned hundreds without charge, raided and vandalized hundreds of homes, some repeatedly, and demolished two homes.  This response to the horrific murders of the yeshiva students will not bring peace, but only more turmoil and violence.  Lord have mercy.

What the Palestine team has observed happening in the Hebron area during the last twenty-four hours will follow shortly.




Israeli military bombs the home belonging to
the family of alleged murder suspect

Chaser Marwan Saadi Qawasmi

June 26th

COLOMBIA ELECTION ANALYSIS: Peace won?

We read and hear in the media people declaring that “Peace Won” in Colombia on Sunday, June 15.  However, I have yet to hear someone without power and money say the same.  Here on the CPT-Colombia team, we are all just breathing a collective sigh of relief that presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga walked away from Sunday’s second round election the loser.

Current President Juan Manuel Santos won the election with just 51% of the vote, but enough to keep alive the negotiations to end Colombia’s sixty-year conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC (Colombia’s largest guerrilla army).  Santos bet his entire election on maintaining the negotiation process begun in Havana in 2012, upping the ante five days before the election with the announcement that he would begin parallel talks with the ELN (Colombia’s second largest guerrilla army). 



Election posters of candidate Zuluaga, who would have ended negotiations, at the Las Pavas farm with palm oil corporation
Aportes San Isidro security guards/ Las Pavas community harassers in the background.

June 25th

Prayers for Peacemakers June 25, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers June 25, 2014

Pray that now Colombians have re-elected Juan Manuel Santos, he will follow through, via negotiations with the FARC and ELN guerilla groups, on his commitment to end the decades-long civil war in Colombia.

Epixel* for Sunday June 29, 2014

Election posters of candidate Zuluaga, who would have ended negotiations, at the Las Pavas farm with palm oil corporation
Aportes San Isidro security guards/ Las Pavas community harassers in the background.

"The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence
against many countries and great kingdoms.  As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the
word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet."

                                                                                                                      Jeremiah 28:8-9
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.