Applies to CPTnet releases from Palestine projects
September 23rd, 2014
| ||photo @alaaqawasmi|
Early this morning, Tuesday, 23 September 2014, the Israeli military discovered the hiding place of and killed Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh, the two suspects in the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli settler youth in June.
The killing took place on the first floor of a wood factory in the Hai El Sharma neighborhood near Hebron University after a firefight. The building has three floors: the first is a wood factory; the second contains shops and the third is residential. Due to the live ammunition, small bombs, and tear gas thrown into the building by the soldiers, a fire started, which burned one of the two suspects almost beyond recognition. The blasts from the bombs, and the military tractor used to cave in the building also damaged adjoining homes and buildings.
September 5th, 2014
| || CPTer aspiring to be peacemaker while monitoring|
soldiers in Hebron's Old City.
I am an aspiring peacemaker.
I use the word â€śaspiringâ€ť because I have not yet fully embraced in thought and action the ideals of peacemaking that I find so compelling. Practicing it is a constant daily effort, a series of taking steps (sometimes forward, sometimes backward), falling, getting up, and trying again. Overall, I think Iâ€™ve taken more steps forward than backward, but my peacemaking journey is far from complete. It is a lifelong quest.
Stepping into Conflict
I have been in many places where oppression is evident. It is in Palestine, however, where I have seen most clearly the systematic dehumanization of people by other people, in both subtle and obvious ways, every day, day after day.Watching interactions between Palestinians and Israelis has challenged me and my peacemaking ideals to the core. How do I express my anger in a way that doesnâ€™t dehumanize those I accuse of dehumanizing others? How do I acknowledge the destructive forces of a system while acknowledging that the people who by choice or by birth are part of that system are children of God? How do I live in community with others during difficult circumstances?
September 3rd, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, September 3, 2014
Pray for the people of Gaza, tens of thousands of whom remain homeless. Aid organizations estimate that if Israel and Egypt continue to restrict the importation of construction materials into Gaza, the rebuilding of homes and infrastructure destroyed in the war this summer could take twenty years.
|photo: Maan News|
August 22nd, 2014
If Israelâ€™s assault on Gaza this summer has been blind, primal violence on a macro scale, the demolition of three Palestinian apartment blocks in Hebron during the early hours of 18 August 2014â€”punitive retaliation against the suspected culprits in the kidnapping of three Israeli youth in Juneâ€”represented pointless violence and suffering on a micro scale. Yet that micro event, multiplied thousands of times over the days, weeks and years of occupation, adds up to what has been called â€śincremental genocideâ€ť in the sense of destroying a culture and its ability to survive.
Between 2001-2005, according to Bâ€™tselem figures, Israel demolished 664 Palestinian homes as forms of punishment.* These demolitions displaced 4,182 innocent people, many of them neighbors of the suspectâ€™s family, and occurred often on the basis of suspicion alone.
|Hussam al-Qawasmi house (Photo: Yousef Natsheh)|
August 16th, 2014
In the first week of August, the Israeli military added to the normal hardships people who live in and around the area of Hebronâ€™s Old City must endure.
On 1 August 2014, the Israeli military occupied the rooftop of the al-Rajabi house in Jebal Johar near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba at approximately 6 p.m. According witnesses, the Israeli soldiers left the rooftop at around 7:00 p.m. and fired five tear gas grenades into the home, setting the interior into flames. The result was a total loss of the familyâ€™s personal items.
| Seven Palestinians live in the home. Five children, four boys and girl are now homeless. |
August 4th, 2014
30 July 2014, Israelis entered into Palestinian shops in Hebronâ€™s Old City near
Beit Hadassah with industrial tools, using cutting blades and torches to open
the doors, despite the presence of Israeli military security who were
overlooking the shops.
Peacemaker Teams and the International Solidarity Movement volunteers made
several attempts to advise the Israeli military and police to intervene on the
breaking and entering into the Palestinian shops. Despite showing the Israeli
military video evidence of the account, the police failed to show up and
following day, Israeli settler children during the afternoon threw rocks down
from the Beit Hadassah settlement onto Palestinians walking on the street below
the settlement. Later on that night, settlers again re-entered the property
despite the Israeli military having designated the area a closed military zone
for Israeli settlers and Palestinians alike.
|Settler jumps on awning after throwing stones at Palestinians|
August 1st, 2014
On Friday, 18 July, the day after Israel announced its ground invasion of Gaza, about thirty members and supporters of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) converged at the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to lament the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and denounce Israelâ€™s indefensible violence.
Vigil participants, representing at least seven countries, carried large photographs of Palestinian children killed in Gaza. As they walked slowly in mournful procession around the skyscraper that houses the Israeli Consulate, a single voice rang out over a loud speaker, piercing the silence with the name of each Palestinian who had died as a result of Israelâ€™s military operations since 12 June 2014.
July 28th, 2014
| ||Israeli soldiers monitor Friday Ramadan Prayers|
The streets of Hebron were unusually quiet on the 26th night of Ramadan. These are the final days of holiest time of the year in Islam. As we stood at the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque we noticed that the numbers of worshippers were significantly down from a year ago. A year ago we also saw more venders selling falafels, pastries, corn, tea, coffee, juice, ice cream and kabobs. A year ago so many people flowed through the streets of Hebronâ€™s Old City to attend the Mosque services or to shop, that walking was difficult.
This year, perhaps out of fear, people were at home watching the news on TV. (We heard that in Jerusalem there are fewer numbers also on the streets of and worshipping in the mosques this month.) At Bab iZawya on this night, we found a small crowd of young and middle aged men who had showed up even though no demonstration had been called for that scheduled. At 2:00 a.m., they were still standing around, looking as though they were waiting for something to happen. Every now and then, a boy threw a stone and ducked for cover.
July 25th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers July 25, 2014
Pray for the civilians of Gaza who have no safe shelter from Israeli bombs and that all attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians will cease. Pray that those who care about human rights will be heard over the hatemongers. Pray that a ceasefire will include a real effort to address the root causes of the violence in Israel and Palestine.
|Epixel* for July 27, 2014|
As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." Romans 8:36 (Ps. 44:22)
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches,
related to and appearing with a
text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.
July 24th, 2014
Jews, Muslims, Christians, and people of conscience have begun a continuous three-day vigil outside the Israeli Consulate in downtown Toronto. Starting at 9:00 a.m. this morning, 24 July, the vigil will continue until the afternoon of Saturday, 26 July, 2014.
| ||Ursula Franklin|
The vigil condemns the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, the seven-year blockade of Gaza and Canadian complicity in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. It is calling for the immediate cessation of the Israelâ€™s assault on Gaza, now in its sixteenth day.
Canadian Jewish Holocaust survivor Ursula Franklin, when speaking against Israelâ€™s 2009 attack on Gaza, said â€śNever Againâ€ť means â€śnever again for all people.â€ť
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has recently described Israeli policies as an â€śincremental genocide.â€ť
Concerned that Israel may be in violation of international law, Amnesty International is calling for an international investigation into the conduct of Israeli forces. In the course of its offensive, Israel has targeted hospitals and civilian homes.
Christian Peacemaker Teams members will be maintaining a continuous presence at the vigil.