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January 14th, 2016

UNITED STATES: Former CPT Iraq, Palestine, Vieques team member goes to jail for drone resistance

 On 12 January, the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, grandmother and drone resister Mary Anne Grady Flores learned that she will go back to jail for six months starting Tuesday, 19 January. Grady Flores served as an intern on the Palestine and Iraq teams and was part of Christian Peacemaker Team’s delegation campaign to stop the U.S. Navy bombing of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Grady Flores had been out on appeal of a lower court convicting her of violating an order of protection. Col. Evans of the Hancock Air National Guard Base 174th Attack Wing (in Syracuse, NY), sought the order to “protect” him from nonviolent anti-drone activists.  The court charged her with violating the order because she took pictures of eight Catholics protesting the US drone assassination program at Hancock on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013.  Onondaga County Court Judge Miller upheld the lower court conviction. Of note is that a court acquitted all eight Catholic drone resisters because they went to uphold law, not break it.

The court and the Base have used orders of protection, typically given in domestic violence situations, in an attempt to deter protest and suppress free speech. Judge Miller also upheld a lower court ruling on the Hancock 17, seventeen nonviolent drone resisters who received orders of protection, jail time, and fines.

January 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 13, 2016

Give thanks for the gift of water. Give thanks for the Indigenous peoples defending clean water around the world today. Pray that governments and corporations will abandon resource extraction projects that threaten watersheds.

January 17, 2016  Second Sunday in Epiphany
Anishinaabe Water Walkers
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

January 12th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 January 2016

 

#189

Murad Palestina, a worker with Youth Against Settlements, whose main office has been closed since the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, wears the number that the Israeli military has assigned to him as a resident within the zone. "To the occupiers we're numbers, not human beings," he said.
 
(January 7, 2016

January 7th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 29 December 2015-4 January 2016

In solidarity

Palestinians across Hebron breathed a sigh of relief when Israel returned the bodies of seventeen young people it had killed extrajudicially, and they joined in spirit if not in person as these beloved children of Hebron were honored with a proper funeral and burial. 
(January 2, 2016

January 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 6, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 6, 2016

Pray that 2016 will bring a renewed commitment to peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC and ELN guerilla groups, a commitment to reparations for the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia, and an end to impunity for the authors of human rights abuses.

*Epixel for Epiphany, January 6, 2016
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. Psalms 72: 12-14
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

January 4th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): “We need our children”: Protest tent calls for return of bodies of loved ones killed by Israeli forces

[UPDATE: On New Years Day, Israeli forces returned seventeen bodies to Hebron area families.  See short film here.]

In Hebron, outside a makeshift tent off Ein Sara Street, sits an empty coffin. Inside the tent a group of men gathers, each a father with a son or daughter the Israeli military has killed during the last three months. Their motto is: “We need our children.”  CPTers have paid several visits to the tent to show their solidarity with these bereaved fathers and their family members.

Obviously their true wish would be to have their children alive and well, but these fathers have been forced to ask for their children’s bodies, so they can bury them. The Israeli authorities have offered to release five of the nineteen bodies they are still holding, but on condition that the families hold the funerals of the deceased at night with a limited number of mourners. The parents of these five have refused these conditions and continue to press for the return of all remaining bodies.

December 29th, 2015

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) Week in photos 15-28 December, 2015

Friday prayers

Lengthy checks at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint considerably delayed worshippers on their way to Friday noon prayers (December 25). During much of the delay the worshippers sang together in prayer.

December 22nd

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 23, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 23, 2015

Pray for the people of Hebron, living under foreign military occupation, just as Mary and Joseph did two millennia ago. Give thanks for the Holy Child whose tenderness was mightier than the Roman Empire.  Pray for an end to empires and the coming of the Reign of God.  

*Epixel December 24, 2015
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them
 light has shined. Isaiah 9:2
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: October-November 2015 newsletter

 
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2015
 

Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkish warplanes intensify bombardments, farmers flee their village homes

 

As Turkey spirals into more intense internal violence, not shying away from bombarding even “its own” Turkish/Kurdish towns with artillery shells, its attacks against Kurds in Iraq also intensify. On the night of 21 November, Turkish warplanes bombed mountain slopes overlooking the Shawre valley. Shawre’s fertile soil sustains more than 30 villages and a larger town, as well as contains many treasures including sites dating to times far preceding Islam. The beautiful village of Gullan, that many CPT members, delegates and supporters know so well, lies in the upper parts of the valley, and dangerously near the bombarded sites. CPT visited the area on 26 November and met with three families who heard and saw the rockets hit meadows just over their village and fled their homes in fear of being hit in another attack. CPTers attempted to document one of the bombed places but were strongly advised by the armed forces not to go there as the warplanes could return at any moment. In the last two decades, Shawre has been considered as an area safe and free of Turkish airstrikes. During an overnight stay in Gullan, CPTers could hear the murmuring sounds of jet fighters flying around and towards the more distant Qandil mountains.

One of the displaced shepherds, who worked also as an assistant at a local school, told CPT: “A few days ago, Turkey shot down a Russian airplane for a supposed violation of their borders. Turkey shows how much they care about borders, by bombing us, more than 100km (60 miles) far away from their territory.”


December 18th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 8-14 December 2015

Big Shoes 

This child often greets CPTers near the Qitoun/209 checkpoint. Though his shoes are a little too big, his smile fits him perfectly. 
(8/12/2015)