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MEDITERRANEAN: Waiting for justice

 

 
 

Rabi’e, handcuffed on the wheelchair-stretcher
 next to the ambulance.
  

 Photo: © 2014 Ramyar Hassani, CPT Mediterranean 

Standing in solidarity with refugees is often fulfilling.  Here on the Greek island of Lesbos these people, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, have escaped the threat of bombs, abduction, and hunger.  Usually, it feels really good accompanying them.  Usually.

But Monday was different.  We observed the trial of the Syrian boy, Rabi’e, who turned eighteen while in prison.  The coast guard arrested him, claiming that he was responsible for smuggling twenty-two people in a boat into Greek waters and for attempting to sink that same boat so that they would be rescued. 

The case was delayed from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the translator did not show up, and another (poor) translator was appointed.

Because the trial took place in juvenile court, we were not permitted to attend the proceedings.  We waited with others in front of the glass doorsand watched the goings-on inside.  We learned later that the coast guard identified Rabi’e as the one who tore up a piece of paper in the boat with instructions on what to do in Europe and threw it in the water.  Six months after the fact, in the middle of night and at sea, they said could accurately identify him.  They said they retrieved the paper from the water and read it.  But the couldn’t produce this evidence in court, because seawater had damaged it irretrievably.  

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, 23 October 2014

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, 23 October 2014

Pray for the millions of people displaced by violence in Syria, Iraq, and Kurdistan. In the last two weeks, heavy rains and cold weather have made conditions in refugee and IDP camps much worse. As winter approaches, pray also for local community members working to provide aid to displaced people. As the crisis lengthens, pray also for the safe return of all women, men, and children kidnapped by ISIS.

Epixel* for Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Teacher, which commandment in the  law is the greatest?"He said  to him,  "'You shall love the
 Lord your God with all your heart, and  with all your  soul, and with all your mind.'
This is  the
greatest and first commandment. 
And a second is like it: 'You shall love  your  neighbor as yourself.
'
On these  two commandments hang all the  law  and the prophets." Matt: 22:36-40

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

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 ‘symbolize life and existence’.

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 

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 número de amenazas en el tercer trimestre de 2014 supone un incremento del 234 % con respecto al mismo período 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
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.