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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams, movement building and the Detroit Peacemaker Congress

Sarah Thompson
CPT Executive Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) began with these questions: 

What if pacifist Christians trained as hard for peace as militaries (including militant Christians) trained for war?  What if pacifist Christians (such as the Mennonites, Brethren, and Quakers) were willing to sacrifice as much for peace as a soldier is willing to sacrifice for war?  What could happen? 

Christian Peacemaker Teams is part of the answer to that question. Having begun in 1986, in the crucible of Latin American solidarity movements, CPT has continued to thrive within various social movements as a creative, faith-inspired organization committed to undoing oppressions and to strategic peacemaking interventions in situations of violent conflict.  Joining with you all—people who belong to social movements, have risked a lot, sacrificed much, and experimented with healthier ways of sharing this planet—enlivens our work.  It is one reason we hold a Peacemaker Congress every other year—this year it will take place in Detroit—so that our workers in the field can engage with you, our supporters. and new people interested in movement building. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 24-30 May 2015

 

END OF SCHOOL YEAR

 

Pictured here: Last week was the end of the school year in Palestine. On the last morning of school, our Kindergarten friends sang for us. These children who are filled with joy, also brought us a lot of joy. 
(27/05/2015)

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Susiya-a Palestinian village facing obliteration


In the rocky, dry hills south of Hebron, the village of Susiya—where human presence dates back thousands of years—may soon be wiped off the map, if Israel has its way.  On 5 May 2015, High Court judge Noam Sohlberg, who lives in the Alon Shvut settlement, denied the request by Susiya’s residents for an interim injunction on all demolition orders until the final decision by the Supreme Court. His ruling means that the Israeli authorities might demolish more than 100 houses, the kindergarten, the school and the clinic from this village at any moment, displacing more than 300 Palestinians from their residences.

Susiya’s rich history condemned its inhabitants. Israeli authorities decided to evict them based on its heritage value for Jews. In 1986, it forcibly displaced sixty families without compensation after declaring their village an archeological site. The villagers who struggled to stay tried to make do with the remaining plots of the 6,000 dunums of Susiya’s land, even though a nearby Israeli settlement with the same name had partially taken those over as well. Settlers established a synagogue outpost where Susiya once stood, along with an archeological park. Despite having some of its land legally under their possession, the Palestinian residents of Susiya found it practically impossible to rebuild their homes on their own land, due to severe restrictions of Israeli military laws in the West Bank regarding any Palestinian development, especially in areas close to settlements.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Flagrant settler violence, with Israeli military collusion, increases in Tel Rumeida

The month of May saw an increase in settler violence in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, where Palestinians live in close proximity to aggressive, ideological Israeli Jewish settlers. 

On 9 May, a Palestinian woman and her two children from the Abu Shamsiyeh family in Tel Rumeida were on their way to go shopping.  Settlers attacked one of her children.  A Palestinian man pushed the settlers away from the crying Palestinian child, which made the settlers furious. They wanted the Palestinian man arrested for “pushing a settler.” When soldiers did not arrest the Palestinian man, the settlers started harassing people and attacked a Palestinian woman trying to film the incident. The harassment went on for over an hour, during which they spit at and pushed people. The soldiers prevented many people from going to their homes. When the woman returned from the shop a while later, soldiers did not allow her to go home for quite some time.  The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) documented the incident on video and wrote a full report. Read the report and watch the video here.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 17-23 May 2015

 


GIRL INTERRUPTED

 

Pictured here: A Palestinian girl is briefly stopped on her way home as she makes her way past the weekly settler tour. While it may seem a minor inconvenience, when put in the context of constant Israeli military occupation, it is part of an ongoing process of control and intimidation. The weekly settler tour is an intrusion into an already restricted public space, with some private spaces also occupied by the Israeli military for extra surveillance.
(23/05/2015)

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams seeking new Personnel Coordinator and Palestine Project Support Coordinator

Christian Peacemaker Teams is currently inviting people to apply for the positions of Personnel Coordinator and Palestine Project Support Coordinator. 

Personnel Coordinator

Starting date: December 1, 2015, with likely participation in CPT’s peacemaker training in October 2015.

Position:  100% Full-time equivalent, two-year term, with a possibility of a third year.

More details here

Support Coordinator for Palestine Project based in Al-Khalil/Hebron

Starting date: September 1, 2015

Position: 50% full-time equivalent, three year renewable contract

More details here

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 28, 2015 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 28, 2015    Palestine

Give thanks that at the end of the school year, the Israeli military allowed the children of the Saraya kindergarten to walk on the paved portion of the segregated path that runs by the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.  In March, Israeli Border Police arrested two CPTers because the team had been advocating for the children’s right to walk on the paved side of the fence where settlers walk, rather than the more hazardous, rubble-strewn side.

CPTer performs his favorite accompaniment duty on the paved side 
of the apartheid fence. 

Children on their last day of kindergarten.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 10-16 May 2015

 

SHOOTING BACK

 

Pictured here: A Palestinian journalist takes a photo of Israeli soldiers during the weekly settler tour of Hebron's Old City. Monitoring the tour through cameras is one of the ways Palestinians have found for deterring some of the violence and aggression from settlers and soldiers.  
(14/05/2015)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 2-9 May 2015

WAKE UP CALL

 

Pictured here: This little girl, her mother and three older brothers received a 3:00 a.m. wake up call when a group of Israeli soldiers raided their home and turned it upside down to 'look for guns.' 
(05/06/2015)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 26 April-2 May 2015

 


JUST PENCILS AND PAPER SIR

 

Pictured here: Border Police stop even young children and check their school bags as they pass through the checkpoints on their way to school. The rights of children are constantly violated in this Occupation.
(29/05/2015)