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Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Snow. For a lot of people snow is a synonym of a warm home. For others snow is a beautiful landscape in which they can get lost. Other people, those who have not seen or felt the snow, dream about snowflakes on their hands. However, not everyone shares the same perception of snow.

Let us pray for all refugees and people without home in Europe, Middle East, North America and the rest of the world who are suffering because of harsh winter conditions. Let us seek ways in which we can help them. Let us pray for political leaders to accept and understand that it is necessary to implement changes in order to stop the global warming. Let us pray for all those who have a cold heart so that the warmth of friends, family and community allows their hope to return.

Syrian woman walks wit her sons under the snow

Photo credit: Aljazeera.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 3- January 9

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10 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 3- January 9

 
 
 

Stop and Check

Pictured here: These two soldiers were out intimidating a group of children at Salaymeh checkpoint, one soldier with a stun grande in his hand, when this car drove past. Soldiers regularly stop Palestinian drivers for no apparent reason to check IDs and the contents of their cars. Sometimes the drivers are detained for just a few minutes, sometimes for much longer even when they find nothing. 

(January 3, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine December 2016 Newsletter--Old City Voices, UNICEF visit and more...

CPT Palestine Newsletter - December 2016

 
 

Old City Voices: Jamal

“We live in a prison. We can’t move freely. There are checkpoints everywhere, and you never know if you will be allowed to pass, or if you will be stopped, IDed and searched. This can happen even on the street or on the sidewalk. How can we expect customers to come to our shops?”

Jamal is a shopkeeper in the Old City of Hebron. He sells shawls, handwoven Bedouin rugs, fancy dresses with hand embroidery, handbags made by village women and other textile items from the region. He had a thriving business in the hustle and bustle of the Old City market until the 1st Intifada in the early 1990s. After that business declined modestly until the 2nd Intifada in 2000. Then his business crashed and has yet to recover.

In the “old days”, when his father and grandfather were merchants in the Old City, people came from all over the West Bank to Hebron... Read more

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 27 - January 2

CPTnet

3 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 27- January 2


 

Happy New Year?

Pictured here: The Israeli Paratrooper unit currently in Hebron chose New Year's Eve (Gregorian Calendar) to stop cars and pedestrians coming into the Old City of Hebron and ask for their IDs. CPTers were coming on their way home from a party thrown by their EAPPI colleagues and rang in 2017 monitoring Israeli military treatment of Palestinian civilians.

(December 31, 2016)

Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016


Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016

2016 has been a difficult year. Stories about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean sea, the peace process in Colombia, killings of social leaders and farmers, protests to defend water resources, political surprises that seek to eliminate rights of millions of people, intensifying abuses in Hebron, new disappearances in the borderlands between Mexico and the USA, ongoing wars around the world, increasing islamophobia, escalating abuse of migrants, violence against women and natural disasters that have left thousands of people homeless… The list seems endless.

However, even in all this darkness, we can always find a ray of light. It reminds us that we must not lose faith. The light, which the oppression tries hard to extinguish, lives and grows with the commitment and dedication of us all.

In this last week of 2016, let us pray for an amplification of the light in the coming year. The light that lives and shines both inside each one of us and in the world around us. Let's pray for this light to grow stronger and multiply.

Let us pray for CPT members in Colombia, Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Greece, our partners and all the people struggling for peace around the world. Let's pray together for those who work to transform all forms of violence and oppression.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Baby watching TV

Photo credit: Caldwell Manners (El Garzal, Sur de Bolivar)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 13 - 19

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13 December 2016

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 13-19

 

No respect for the living or dead

Pictured here: Israeli soldiers often walk through the Muslim graveyard that borders Shuhada Street and is across from their military base. Here they are seen during a Muslim funeral, walking around carelessly, smashing discarded glass bottles on the ground, and being generally disrespectful of the mourners and the service. Just last month Israeli authorities demolished several graveyards in East Jerusalem. Read more...

(December 16, 2016)


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Call for solidarity from Standing Rock across different communities

CPTnet

19 December 2016

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Call for solidarity from Standing Rock across different communities

by John Bergen

I first learned about CPT as a young child, when a member of my church joined a delegation to Palestine. This was the late 90s, and CPT was standing alongside Palestinians facing home demolitions (the Campaign for Secure Dwellings). I didn't fully understand why Israeli military forces were demolishing people's homes and taking their land but instinctively I knew that it was wrong.

Fast forward almost twenty years, and CPT continues to stand alongside people’s movements to protect community, water, and land. After I graduated from high school, I went on my own CPT delegation (to Grassy Narrows) and eventually trained with CPT and served with the teams in Kurdistan and Palestine.

People Gathering in Oceti Sakowin Camp

Photo published by Oceti Sakowin camp website. (©Toni Cervantes)

Prayers for Peacemakers November 23, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers November 23, 2016

Pray for all the Palestinians who have had to harvest their olives near settlements this season and have had to face harassment and violence from settlers and restrictions from the Israeli military.

*Epixel for Peacemakers November 27, 2016
 
 In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, 
and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.


Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
 to the house of the God of Jacob; 
that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." 
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
 and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.


He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; 
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
 and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, 
neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:2-4
 
 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming 
Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos

 

"Kill all the Arabs" - she said


Pictured here: An Israeli woman approached CPTers who were monitoring a child arrest and told them "I love Assad, you know why? Because he wants to kill all the Arabs." Settlements within Hebron are home to many Jewish fundamentalists who promote Anti-Arab ideologies .  Their presence contributes the most to the high level of violence within the city. Read more... 
(November 14, 2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine October 2016 Newsletter-- Education under occupation, struggles of the olive harvest and more!

 
CPT Palestine Newsletter - October 2016
 
 

Education Under Occupation
Part 2: Responsibilities of the Occupying Power

In Part 1 of this newsletter, we have discussed the applicability of the Geneva Conventions referring to the protection of the Palestinian civilian population living under Israeli military occupation. In this second Part we explore the responsibilities and obligations of Israel as the occupying power with respect to the civilian population. In particular, we focus on the realization of the right to education that every child, in times of peace or conflict, must be able to exercise and enjoy. Read more