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Prayers for Peacemakers February 19, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers February 19, 2014

Pray for the Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli jails.  Pray that the Israeli government begins applying international law to the treatment of Palestinian minors in custody, and begins applying the same law to Israeli settler minors. 

See video "Stolen children, stolen lives," much of it filmed while mediator Gerry O' Sullivan was working with CPT's Hebron Team.  The picture below accompanies a 14 February Al-Khalil/Hebron team release, "Israeli soldiers arrest 15-year-old boy."

Epixel for February 23, 2014 
 

 You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely;and you
shall not lie to one another.
Leviticus 19:11

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

PALESTINE: Border Police detain, humiliate and arrest men trying to go to Friday prayers; CPTer’s camera taken.

On 7 February 2014, CPTers went to the routine Friday mosque patrol IMG_9874around prayer time.  Often during Friday prayers, Israeli Border police will take the IDs of young Palestinian men while they going into the Ibrahimi Mosque, check to see if they have any outstanding warrants and then return the IDs when the men come out of the mosque.  This Friday, however, Border Police were not allowing the men to go to the mosque while they were checking the IDs.

PALESTINE: August 2013-January 2014: A turbulent semester for H-2 schools in Hebron

The most routine part of CPT Palestine’s work in Hebron is the monitoring of checkpoints through which students and teachers must walk to get to schools.  For years, they have been stationed at the Qitoun checkpoint/Checkpoint 209*, which stands between boys walking from the H-1 area to il-Ibrahimi school and girls walking to al-Faiha school as well as their teachers.  This semester, after daily clashes began erupting at four other H-2 schools near the Salameh checkpoint/Checkpoint 29, CPTers (when they had enough people to do so) began monitoring Checkpoint 29 in the early morning and when school let out.

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Umm al-Kher facing settler attacks, settlement expansion and a lawsuit from Karmel

CPTers went out to Umm al-Kher on 3 February with a representative of the United Nations because of some recent attacks by Karmel settlers on the villagers.  Since men of the village had received threats of arrest if they got into altercations again with the settlers, women had been taking the sheep and goats to their grazing land, but settlers had attacked them as well.

PALESTINE: Christian Peacemaker Teams to challenge denial of entry in Israeli High Court

Those who have been following CPTnet for the last few months have read stories about Israeli border authorities denying CPTers entry into Palestine.  Over the summer, they turned back two reservists from the airport in the same week.  Since then, two more CPTers, Jonathan Brenneman and Patrick Thompson, have been denied entry crossing the border from Jordan into the West Bank.  Brenneman attempted three times within the space of three weeks and was told the Israeli authorities would not allow him to enter the West Bank because of his involvement with Christian Peacemaker Teams.

PALESTINE: Thirteen-year-old boy arrested, questioned without parents present

Around noon today 30 January 2014, members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a call from members of the International Solidarity Movement that soldiers had arrested a boy on New Shalala Street.  Members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) were just leaving the CPT apartment at the time and followed up, but by the time they arrived, soldiers had already taken the boy behind the gate at Beit Romano Settlement.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well as cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

PALESTINE: Israeli settlers, accompanied by Border Police, break into house near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

On 23 January 2014, two Israeli settlers, accompanied by three Israeli Border Police broke into a room of the derelict al-Sharif house near the il-Ibrahimi mosque.  They used electric tools as well as picks and the Border Police appeared not only to be protecting them, but also offering advice about how to enter the derelict building as well cross over the roof of the structure to get to the Gutnick Center.

PALESTINE REFLECTION: Why they should stay

 

staff and students of Khirbet al-Majaz school

The complete teaching staff and student body of
Khirbet al-Majaz school

In 1999, the Israeli military administration forcibly expelled 900 people and destroyed their homes within an area it calls Firing Zone 918.  Only after residents petitioned the Israeli High Court did it grant a temporary injunction in 2000, allowing them to return.

Life for Palestinian communities in the area has worsened because of Israeli settlement expansions.  The Israel military administration continues to demolish new houses and buildings or deliver stop work and demolition orders to those in the process of construction.  Israeli settler violence has already caused the abandonment of two villages, Al-Kharoubeh and Khirbet Sarura.  Another two communities—Tuba and Jinba—continue to suffer Israeli settler attacks, which the Israeli military almost never prevents.  And in 2012, the Israeli military re-started their military manoeuvres in the area...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli immigration denies entry to another Palestine team member

 

On the night of 5 December 2013, Israeli immigration authorities denied entry to Patrick Thompson at the Allenby Bridge connecting Jordan to Occupied Palestine. Thompson was attempting to return for another stint on the team in Hebron.  He initially told authorities that he was entering as a tourist, to visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and then points south, before re-entering Jordan. An Israeli official was concerned about his previous stay of four months in Israel.

After detailed questioning over a period of three hours and a search of his computer hard drive, authorities found a logo of CPT and told him they were denying him entry because he had lied to them. Thompson told them that he specifically did not mention his work with CPT or his destination as the West Bank because of the way Israeli authorities had treated many others when they volunteered this information willingly.  Authorities denied entry to Jonathan Brenneman, another CPTer, in September, when he declared his membership in CPT and his plans to travel to Hebron.  Thompson then waited another hour or so before the authorities officially denied him entry. When he boarded a bus to go back across the border into Jordan it was 1:30 a.m., a full six hours after his arrival at Israeli passport control.

Thompson is the fourth CPTer to whom Israel has denied entry this year. In addition to denying entry to Brenneman in September, authorities turned away two reservists in July because of stamps in their passports from their time with the Iraqi Kurdistan team—even though the Kurdish Regional Government has friendly relations with Israel.