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October 21st, 2014

PALESTINE: Palestinians and Internationals harvest olives on Surif village land threatened with confiscation

On 18 October, the Hebron Defense Committee organized a community workday that celebrated the olive harvest and resisted the Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land belonging to the town of Surif in the Hebron District, which lies adjacent to the Separation Barrier/Apartheid Wall.

A month ago, Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of 4000 dunums [988 acres] around Surif.  The 18 October event gathered local and international activists in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian farmers and also provided labor to help the families with the olive picking.  Harvest time is now in full swing, and for Palestinian community members, the olive trees ‚Äėsymbolize life and existence‚Äô.

October 16th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: $2500 raised for ninety Ezidi families near Dohuk

Dear Friends and Supporters,

With your help, our Kurdish partner organizations Wadi and Alind raised over $2500 to help ninety Ezidi* families living in unfinished houses near Dohuk.  Wadi and Alind used your money to purchase mattresses, blankets, and food for these families.  

Two weeks ago, a delegation representing seven countries traveled with CPT to visit the ninety families.  We talked with them, shared card gamesIMG_2388 and tea, and observed how their situation has improved.  

But these families still need your help.  The rainy season has begun and as it gets colder here, the families need plastic sheeting to cover the unfinished sides of the houses.  They told us that when it rains, the wind blows the cold rain into the houses, covering everything.

Please pass this message on to your friends, and ask them to donate through this link to help the ninety Ezidi families.

DONATE HERE 

October 15th

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 15, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 15, 2014

Pray for all who stand up for human rights in Colombia.  The leading Colombian newspaper, El Espectador, says that aggressions against human rights defenders are up 170% from last year.

 

                                                               Epixel* for Sunday, October 12, 2014
JUDICIAL 9 OCT 2014 - 10:49 AM

En tercer trimestre

Aumentan en 170% agresiones a defensores de derechos humanos

Mientras que el n√ļmero de amenazas en el tercer trimestre de 2014 supone un incremento del 234 % con respecto al mismo per√≠odo de 2013.

For [The Lord] is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth. Psalm 96: 13b
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October 13th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military arrests ten-year-old boy, detains two others

On 12 October 2014, Israeli soldiers threatened two Palestinian boys‚ÄĒages six and thirteen‚ÄĒwith arrest, charging them with throwing stones.

The Headmaster of Mutanabi School was able to convince the soldiers not to arrest the six and thirteen year old, telling the soldiers he would contact the DCO (The liaison between the Palestinian police and the Israeli military.

However, Israeli soldiers arrested a third boy, age ten, outside of his home as he was playing on his bike, put him in their military jeep and took him away.  The military later released him to the Palestinian Authority police and returned him to his parents.

An army commander recently threatened to close Mutanabi School if boys threw one more stone.

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October 11th

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: What we can do

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CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Delegation visits Ezidi
shrine at Lalish

Although it is very difficult to pin down the exact numbers of the humanitarian crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan, an estimated three million people there have been internally displaced by the Syrian conflict, ISIS (called DAESH/DAASH by the locals) and earlier by the US invasion of Iraq.  We began to get a grasp of its scale as we visited the UNHCR camps and encountered the refugees and IDPs spread around the edges of many cities, listening to their often horrific personal stories.  I remember a girl, Aasema, physically demonstrating what had happened to her family.  I will never forget how she held up her two tiny fingers, her "Aunts," her fearful whisper, "Daesh...‚ÄĚ and her re-enacting how they got captured and carried away.  I also won't forget the hospitality offered by Edris, who survived the massacre of his village, and his expressing the most profound gratitude for everyone who had helped him.

October 9th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: CPTers demand action to protect Kurdish civilians

10620398_754049544678286_4490044669532635348_oOn Wednesday 8 October, representatives from eight countries gathered outside the Monument of Halabja Martyrs for a silent vigil demandingaction from the international community to protect innocent civilians threatened by ISIS.  Many of the representatives were members of a delegation with the international human rights organization Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), who are spending two weeks learning about the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan.  Holding signs reading, ‚ÄúWe Saw Halabja and Shangal, Now It's Time for Peace,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúKobani,‚ÄĚ the demonstrators called attention to history‚Äôs repeated international failures to protect the Kurdish people from genocide and displacement. 

October 8th

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 9, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 9, 2014

Pray for the children of Hebron’s Old City who are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention without due process and since the start of the school year, have had more than 100 tear gas grenades fired at them.

Epixel* for Sunday, October 12, 2014

For You have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the
rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm‚Ķ 
                                                                                                                                                             Isaiah 25:4

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October 6th

COLOMBIA: In spite of trauma, a smile


[Note: The following has been adapted for CPTnet.  The original is available on CPT Colombia‚Äôs website.]

As we arrived at the meeting with the people of Bella Union, a village neighboring El Guayabo, I saw a woman sitting under a green tree with a big smile.  I immediately thought it would be interesting to know more about her.

Our task was very specific: to document cases of human rights violations from 1990 to 2014.  Soon it was time for the woman with the beautiful smile to share.  She was a bit tired because she had given her statement many times without seeing results, so I paid close attention to what she was saying.

As she told me step by step what she had suffered at the hands of violent actors, her smile grew more radiant.  She did not seem weighed down by sadness, despite the fact that over ten years ago, violence in the region put out a light in their lives.  She continued recounting the events that ended the lives of her family: first the story of her father‚Äôs death, then her brother‚Äôs, and then she took a break, saying that the story of her son was the most painful. 

October 4th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: An oil company’s callous disregard for villagers’ lives

On Wednesday, 24 September, members of our team traveled for the first time to Kormor village, where Dana Gas began drilling for oil and naturalDSCN4554 gas in 2008.  Our first stop was at the local school, where we met the principal, Abdul Munem Mohamed Mahmud.  Twenty-one girls and boys attend there.  Dana Gas built it three years ago, but Abdul showed us where vibrations from drilling tore a crack down the side of the building large enough to show daylight.  The company promised to build a clinic and provide other services, but now claims that the Kurdish government is responsible for providing compensation.  The area government representative denies the company‚Äôs claim.

October 3rd

COLOMBIA VIDEO: ‚ÄúThe chocolate process‚ÄĚ--a cup of hot chocolate truly made from scratch

CPT Colombia has a new video out showing how the community of Garzal makes a cup of hot chocolate‚ÄĒfrom the time the cacao fruit is picked, to the preparation and husking of cocoa beans, to the cup of sweet deliciousness. 

Watch here 

Cup of Chocolate // Una Taza de Chocolate from CPT/ECAP Colombia on Vimeo.

The communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza have engaged in what is called a ‚Äúsocial process‚ÄĚ to resist displacement and stand up for their rights and their dignity for more than a decade.  They are among the primary communities that CPT Colombia accompanies.