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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)

MEDITERRANEAN: Thoughts on Self-Organizing; What Happens when the Oatmeal Boils Over?

 

One day I arrived early enough at the camp to find and talk with the two Ethiopian women who rise at 4:30 am every morning to bake bread for their fellow refugees. They told me they took on the task about three months ago. They saw a need, and they just started baking.

Before then, they said there was nothing available in the camp like the freshly baked flatbreads they now make. After baking the bread, they also bag small rounds of risen dough, and put those in the refrigerator to be given out later in the morning in the daily food distribution. Some families prefer to make their own bread in the cabins and tents where they stay at the camp. 

There are many different cultures living together at the camp, so this bread is not exactly like what they get at home,  but for most, what the women are producing is more common to their foodways than European-style bread.

Because handmade flatbread and dough is now available and appreciated by the refugees, I say to the women, “You two must be very important here!” They both give a good laugh, and with what I know to be both a truth and an irony replied, “Yes. V.I.P’s. Very Important People.”

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 16, 2016

 

Give thanks that campesino land struggle leaders of El Guayabo and Bella Union are now free pending trial.  Eric Payares, Santos Peña and Jhon Freddy have been in hiding because of false charges leveled against them by a large landowner Rodrigo Lopez Henao. Pray for Alvaro Garcia, who remains in jail, and his family.  Pray that the Holy one will soften Lopez Henao’s heart and bend it toward justice.  Pray also that the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC will be signed in early December, so that rural communities like El Guayabo and Bella Union, which have born the brunt of the Colombian civil war's violence, may at last find some sort of peace with justice.

*Epixel for Peacemakers  November 20, 2016
Erik Payares, Santos Peña and Jhon Fredy Ortega embrace their family in celebration outside the court in Barrancabermeja. (CPT/Caldwell Manners)
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.
Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD. Jeremiah 23:1-4
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings. Psalm 17:1-2, 8-9

IRAQI KURDISTAN: “We are not going to leave; this is our home and our land it belongs to us.”

They keep drinking their tea while the Turkish war planes are hovering in the sky above their heads." How often does this happen?" I ask pointing to the sky.

"I don't know, it depends, sometimes six, sometimes seven days a week; it's now a part of our daily lives." Kak Kaninya Barchun, village leader of Muruke (wearing the blue shirt in the picture) says while continuing to sip his tea.

Kak Kaninya explaining their situation to our team member Latif. Photo by Kasia Protz

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