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August 12th, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 12, 2015 Palestine.

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 12, 2015     Palestine.

Pray for all the Palestinians who live in and around the Abu Rajeb house in Hebron and the children and teachers who must pass it to attend school in the neighborhood.  If settlers succeed in taking over the house, Palestinian children and adults will be at significantly increased risk of soldier and settler attack.

  *Epixel for Sunday, August 16, 2015 
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 39:14
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

August 11th

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos 28 July-3 August 2015

 

Being a Parent

 
Pictured here: A Palestinian father waits outside the Israeli military base of Beit Romano (also the entrance of the Old City of Hebron) to find out any information about his detained son. This is one of the prices that Palestinian parents must pay while living in the H2 area. 
(29/07/2015)
 

August 10th

COLOMBIA: Campesino lives matter too—racism in U.S. aerial coca fumigation policy

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I’ve claimed to be an organic gardener since I originally started planting vegetables in SE Ohio in the early 1970s. At the same time, I confess to having used Roundup and a few other herbicides to deal with poison ivy and a few other invasive species that were frustrating me. I apply it as sparingly and specifically as possible, never when windy or wet.

Here in Colombia this spring when we were sitting in a restaurant watching the mid­day news on the TV I was stunned to see video of US planes flown by US contractors aerial spraying US­ supplied glyphosate on suspected coca farms (the plant used to make cocaine). Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. Everything I knew about applying this chemical said aerial spraying had to be a bad idea.

The practice is making the news because in March the World Health Organization’s research arm issued its finding that Glyphosate probably causes cancer. 1) Then on 9 May President Santos called for a ban on all aerial coca fumigation. It has been a controversial program with opponents likening it to Agent Orange use during the Viet Nam War. Residents in the areas of spraying report the loss of food crops, and various illnesses have been linked to the practice. The cancer link has moved Colombia’s Health Ministry to support the ban.

August 5th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: CPT denounces escalation of violence in Turkish-PKK conflict

We, Christian Peacemaker Teams Iraqi Kurdistan, denounce the violence that has been resumed by both sides, Turkey and PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party).

Since 20 July 2015, the killings “in retaliation” are turning more and more into a war of retaliation, which is causing deaths of innocent people. Instead of resolving the conflict, the attacks from both sides are escalating the situation. The history of the conflict between Turks and Kurds goes too deep and is too complex to be settled by weapons and blood. This is the reason why we request both sides, Turkey and PKK, to take a step back, grieve for their losses, and return to diplomatic ways to resume the peace talks.

In striving for a solution, coming back to the table can be the only way. Peace is victory, not war!

Kurdish villagers  in Zharawa camp displaced by Turkish bombing in 2012

August 4th

Prayers for Peacemakers August 4, 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers August 4, 2015   Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Pray for the safety of the Anishinaabe Water Walkers who are hiking this week from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake in Treaty #3 territory to call attention to the danger the TransCanada Energy East Pipeline poses to water systems in the region.

photo: Rae Louise Breaux

August 3rd

GREECE REFLECTION: Each refugee is an individual


Too often, people speak about refugees as a unified, undifferentiated group.  CPT places great emphasis on undoing oppressions, an important part of which is recognising and addressing white privilege.  One aspect of white privilege is that people who are white are seen as individuals, while people who are not white are seen as representative of their race, or grouping.

While here, I have spoken to as many refugees as I can, and listened to their individual stories. Here are just a few of them.

 Achmed (not his real name), a 28-year-old teacher from Damascus, was arrested by the Syrian authorities and spent two months in jail, accused of procuring wives for fighters. While in prison he was tortured with beatings and with electricity. When we met him in Kara Tepe he showed us the marks. The torturers broke some of his bones and he has residual pain in his neck and shoulders. Yet he is looking forward to a better life in Germany. His wife is pregnant with twins, their first children, and will follow him once the babies are fit to travel. He thanked us warmly for our congratulations.

August 1st

IRAQI KURDISTAN: July Update 2015

Violence of 2003 Laying the Foundation for Current Crisis

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan recently discovered in our files a report by CPT Iraq in January 2004. It is titled, Report and Recommendations on Iraqi Detainees .

“Between May 31 and December 20, 2003, CPT Iraq conducted dozens of interviews of Iraqi detainees and/or their families and support networks. This report summarizes the findings from seventy-two cases… CPT is particularly concerned that any mistreatment of the Iraqi people could lead to long-term problems including:           
   1. Increasing numbers of Iraqi people joining resistance groups. 2. Increasing danger of attacks against Coalition soldiers. 3. A growing record of human rights violations against the Iraqi people….
 Our conclusion is straightforward: the military actions designed to ensure short-term security are in fact compromising long-term security interests of Iraqis and all internationals…. Developing a process for handling detainee issues that is transparent, efficient, and that upholds basic legal rights is essential for establishing a secure and democratic society…. The (US-led) Coalition Provisional Authority could model the sort of justice system most desirable for a future free, democratic Iraq.”

Now have a look at The Guardian;  ISIS: the inside story—Martin Chulov; 11 December 2014
"There was a huge amount of collective pressure exerted on detainees to become more radical in their beliefs. Obviously, this was supported by the fact that the detainees were being held against their will in a facility with minimal communication with their family and friends. This led to detainees turning to each other for support. If there were radical elements within this support network, there was always the potential that detainees would become more radical in their beliefs.
According to Hisham al-Hashimi, the Baghdad-based analyst, the Iraqi government estimates that 17 of the 25 most important Islamic State leaders running the war in Iraq and Syria spent time in US prisons between 2004 and 2011."

July 31st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian children targeted by the Israeli Military

“Recognizing that, in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration…”
from the Preamble of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

In the past two weeks, CPT has witnessed a significant increase in the targeting of Palestinian children by Israeli occupying forces. From soldiers confiscating their bicycles to chasing them down in the street, the Israeli occupying forces are stripping children of their fundamental right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities.

These are the stories that CPT has documented in Hebron’s Old City, but many more stories of boys and girls remain invisible.

Sunday 19 July â€“ A six-year-old boy was swarmed by the heavily armed Israeli military, forced to empty his pockets, and aggressively interrogated.

July 30th

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 30, 2015 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 30, 2015     Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for the Kurdish villagers living in the mountainous border regions between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. In 2012, Turkey and the Kurdish resistance entered into a delicate truce.  The bombing ended in the area where the villagers of Basta live. They rejoiced and put money into building a new mosque with the hope that people would come back to the village. This week the bombing started again.

*Epixel for Sunday, July 25, 2015 

 The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him,
"There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.

The rich man had very many flocks and herds;
but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had
bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children;
 it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his
 bosom,  and it was like a daughter to him.

Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of
his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him,
but he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared that for the guest
 who had come  to him."

Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan,
"As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;


he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because
 he had no pity."


Nathan said to David, "You are the man!  2 Samuel 12: 1-7

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

July 27th

DETROIT: Conversation as Action-CPT Goes to the Source

photo: Hayden Abene
CPT Detroit Delegation gathered at Source Booksellers for a presentation and conversation on food, faith, and sustainability.  Pictured (from left) delegate Cate Desjardins, delegation leader Sarah Thompson, delegate Ian Sawyer, and bookstore owner Janet Webster.

Plato described it as finding your way out of the cave; social activist Grace Lee Boggs spoke about the evolution of our thinking; Jesus said to know the truth is to become free. They, and so many others, observed that our minds are often limited by illusions. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) takes great care to place ourselves in the path of individuals who can help us more clearly see the truth of what is happening in our world and the way we are attached to false narratives. Having given ourselves into the ongoing work of freeing our hearts and minds, we also seek to create conditions that bear public witness to the search for truth. None of us can leave the cave of internalized oppression on our own. We need people who have experienced the joy of this journey to invite, walk with us, hold us accountable, and celebrate with us.

Often times, actions that bear witness to truth in the context of entrenched oppression take the form of protest, transgression of unjustly drawn boundaries, or creative venues for speech. But for our Detroit Delegation action, CPTers went directly to the Source. Source Booksellers is a small independent bookstore specializing in the kinds of books that awaken consciousness and support people and communities seeking truth together. Storeowner Janet Webster Jones collaborated with delegation leader Sarah Thompson to host a conversation focused on food, faith and sustainability. Members of the delegation presented stories guided by the five principles outlined by Mennonite and writer Doris Janzen Longacre in Living More with Less (1980)—a practical guide for living in sustainable ways that are mindful of both the future of the planet and the plight of the poor: