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December 16th, 2014
Community members retake possession of
After a week of confrontations between the El Guayabo community members and
armed men installed by Rodrigo Lopez Henao Henry RincĂłnâ€™s property, Lopezâ€™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
townâ€™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 militaryâ€™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, 2014
the course of two days last week, the Israeli militaryâ€™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 teargasâ€”fired approximately 250m awayâ€”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, â€śsitting with and attempting to soothe the boy, who was scared, unable to breathe properly, and unable to open his eyes, broke my heart.â€ť
December 12th, 2014
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.
December 10th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, December 10, 2014
Pray that the citizens of Winnipeg, Mantoba repent of their
injustice to the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. Winnipegâ€™s access to clean water comes at the expense of the
residents of Shoal Lake, who have been under a boiled water advisory for
|Epixel for Sunday, December 14, 2014|
|61:4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall |
repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generationsâ€¦For I the LORD love justice, I hate
robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompenseâ€¦Isaiah 61:4,8
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Revised Common Lectionary readings.
December 10th, 2014
CPT Iraqi Kurdistan has begun a project, â€śBringing Hope and Fun,â€ť to
work with children in the Arbat IDP camp, just outside of Sulaimani. Led by our intern, Alicja Zasadowska,
and aided by the local organization STEP, we were able to create an activity for
the children of the camp.
them to draw a picture and write a story explaining the best day of their
lives. The twenty-five children we
were working with ranged in age from five to fifteen. For many of them, grief and horror has
become a central part of their lives. People often ask them to reflect on these difficult things as
they tell their stories. However,
Alicja wanted them to share about something happy, so that they could practice
cultivating good memories even in the midst of their trauma.
faced some resistance as she spoke with others about her intentions to have the
children draw and write about happy moments. One father told her, 'My children know nothing of joy; this
project will not work.' Some of
the staff at the camp warned her that 'these children do not have happy stories
to tell.' Another NGO questioned
why we would want to share happy things, when sad stories influence people much
more. However, her focus was not
on others but solely on the children.