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January 16th, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 16th 2015

Pray for the Palestinian people. They are subjected everyday to extensive controls by the Israeli Army, as a consequence they cannot walk with freedom in their own land, and they have to modify their schedules regarding school, work and spare time based on these controls. Let us pray together for our Palestinian sisters and brothers, that they are not subjected anymore to this violation of their basic rights.  

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Photo: Israeli forces continue the policy of checking nearly everyone that passes through checkpoint 56 in Hebron. The checkpoint passes from one Palestinian neighborhood to another. Imagine not being able to walk your streets without harassment from an occupying army?

“The Lord is my light and my salvation -whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life -of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27: 1)

January 10th

Palestine: Occupation Captured

CPT Palestine has published a photo essay with ten images juxtaposing absurdity, sanity, obscenity, and serenity in Occupation.

January 7th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 7th 2015

Pray for Grassy Narrows’ community and forest. Pray that clearcut logging practices are abandoned permanently and that the Ontario government understands the environmental impact that this practice is having in the river system and the fish used by this First Nation community. 

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Grassy Narrows First Nations, a community of about 1,500 near Kenora, is concerned that clearcut logging will increase mercury levels in local fish, which is a traditional dietary staple.

“Let’s hear it from Sky, with Earth joining in, and a huge round of applause from Sea. Let Wilderness turn cartwheels, animals, come dance, put every tree of the forest in the choir” (Psalm 26: 11-12)

January 1st

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 1

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 31th
Pray for the New Year that is arriving to every community that CPT accompanies. 
Pray for the farmers and their crops in El Guayabo, Colombia. Pray for Palestinians 
and their territory. Pray for Turtle Island and the Indigenous peoples in Canada. Pray 
for the displaced people in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Pray for the work that CPT is starting in 
Europe. Pray for all and each one of them. 
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“[...] They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation 
will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

Pray for the New Year that is arriving to every community that CPT accompanies. Pray for the farmers and their crops in El Guayabo, Colombia. Pray for Palestinians and their territory. Pray for Turtle Island and the Indigenous peoples in Canada. Pray for the displaced people in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Pray for the work that CPT is starting in Europe. Pray for all and each one of them. 

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Picture: Christian Peacemaker Teams logo

“[…] They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

December 29th, 2014

IRAQI KURDSTAN: Fruits of your support of 90 Yazidi families through CPT partners WADI and ALIND

IRAQI KURDSTAN: Fruits of your support of 90 Yazidi families through CPT partners WADI and ALIND

In the past months, we as CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team have ventured onto unusual ground for CPT. We have amplified a call for financial donations from our partner organizations WADI and ALIND for support of 90 Ezidi (Yazidi) families who had fled ISIS brutality and found refuge in unfinished houses near Duhok.

We in the Iraqi Kurdistan team would like to thank all who so readily responded to our call and also shared and amplified it farther.

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WADI and ALIND aid displaced Ezidi
people who escaped ISIS violence.

 

IRAQI KURDSTAN: Fruits of your support of 90 Yazidi families through CPT partners WADI and ALIND

IRAQI KURDSTAN: Fruits of your support of 90 Yazidi families through CPT partners WADI and ALIND

In the past months, we as CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team have ventured onto unusual ground for CPT. We have amplified a call for financial donations from our partner organizations WADI and ALIND for support of 90 Ezidi (Yazidi) families who had fled ISIS brutality and found refuge in unfinished houses near Duhok.

We in the Iraqi Kurdistan team would like to thank all who so readily responded to our call and also shared and amplified it farther.

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WADI and ALIND aid displaced Ezidi
people who escaped ISIS violence.

 

December 24th

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 24th 2014

Pray for the CPTers that even today, on Christmas Eve, are working around the world.

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December 16th

COLOMBIA: El Guayabo demands that armed men leave their community

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Community members retake possession of
RincĂłn's property

After a week of confrontations between the El Guayabo community members and armed men installed by Rodrigo Lopez Henao on Henry RincĂłn’s property, Lopez’s men have left the land.  Riot police illegally evicted RincĂłn from the property in October at the bidding of Lopez.

When CPT arrived at El Guayabo on 31 November, the military was camped at the town’s port.  On 1 December, the military came to investigate the situation on the farm, having heard reports that there were firearms in the vicinity, but they did not act.  Their visit left the community disappointed and wary of the military’s position.  In the evening, Lopez sent in extra men to guard the house, leaving a total of ten guards on the property.

December 14th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military’s use of teargas, rubber-coated bullets forces schools to close

Over the course of two days last week, the Israeli military’s response to a few boys throwing stones toward the Qitoun/209 and Salimeh/29 checkpoints was so excessive the principals of the seven schools near those checkpoints canceled school for the hundreds of children that attend those institutions. On 10 December at checkpoint 209, through which 183 children and fifty-two adults passed from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., the teargas was so potent from two teargas canisters fired by Israeli border police that a twelve-year-old boy who opened a window at the school andinhaled the teargas—fired approximately 250m away—suffered extremely adverse effects.  Teachers called an ambulance and decided to close the school to avoid more harm to children from the gas.  An ambulance came after approximately twenty-five minutes, delayed by the physical obstacles of occupation such as checkpoints and the apartheid laws governing Palestinian vehicular access in H2 Hebron.  A CPTer who was there said, “sitting with and attempting to soothe the boy, who was scared, unable to breathe properly, and unable to open his eyes, broke my heart.”

December 12th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military arbitrarily change rules around Checkpoint 56 closure, detains elderly, sick people

On 10 December, Israeli soldiers prevented teachers from the Qurtuba School, elderly people, a disabled man, and both a doctor and an ill woman trying to reach the hospital from passing through Checkpoint 56 in Hebron.  In some cases, they delayed people trying to pass through for one hour; in others, as much as three.  Checkpoint 56 has been subject to closure and restrictions by Israeli forces since it was burned from the inside nearly three weeks ago.  No one knows who is responsible for the burning of the checkpoint, and Israeli forces have not released footage.  Leading onto the small section of Shuhada Street on which Palestinians are allowed to walk, checkpoint 56 connects Bab iZaweyya, the commercial district in Palestinian Authority-governed H1, with the neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida in Israeli-controlled H2. Checkpoint closure here demands that families living in Tel Rumeida and school children and teachers from the Qurtuba School walk an extra hour or that they walk a difficult route through the homes and gardens of other Palestinians to reach their homes.