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March 10th, 2014
|The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek |
(Photo: Tree of Life)
On Monday, February 23, 2014, the Israeli Knesset enacted a
new law that recognizes Muslim and Christian Arab communities as separate
identities, giving them their own representation in an employment commission. The law passed by a margin of 31 to 6.
The new law
passed by the Knesset favoring Christians is, to say the least, a deceitful
political stunt by Likud-Beiteinu members aimed at sowing seeds of division
among Christians and between Christians and Muslims.
For the last sixty-five years, the government of Israel has
not shown favoritism or bias towards the Christian community of the land, so
March 8th, 2014
28 February 2014
BORDERLANDS: Disturbing the Peace in Arivaca, Arizona
The tiny town of Arivaca,
population 600, is nestled in the rugged hills of southern Arizona about eleven
miles north of the international border between Mexico and the USA. This cattle-ranching area is â€śrich in
history and natural beautyâ€ť and claims to be â€śthe oldest continually inhabited
townsite in Arizonaâ€ť according to the visitorâ€™s guide.
But someone is disturbing
the peace in Arivaca. Border
Patrol agents carrying guns and wearing olive green uniforms stop all vehicles,
including school buses loaded with children, at checkpoints blocking both ends
of the community. Giant
surveillance towers with cameras, radar, and motion detectors protrude from the
desert floor in the distance. Drones
hum and helicopters hover in the clear blue sky overhead.
â€śItâ€™s like living in a
war zone,â€ť said Arivaca resident Eva Lewis. â€śWe canâ€™t leave our community without being asked a bunch of
questions,â€ť chimed in Carlota Wray whoâ€™s lived in Arivaca for 33 years.
March 7th, 2014
According to reports by the Native Womenâ€™s Association of Canada
(NWAC), there are roughly 600 known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous
women in Canada, many of them unsolved.*
Loretta Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador whose family reported her
missing on 13 February 2014, is one of the latest. The RCMP discovered her body along a New Brunswick highway
on 26 February. That Saunders was
in the middle of finishing her PhD in Halifaxâ€” on Canadaâ€™s missing and murdered
Indigenous womenâ€”makes her death particularly harrowing, yet each of these
womenâ€™s deaths is reprehensible.
CPT attended the ninth Annual Strawberry Ceremony honoring
missing and murdered Indigenous women on 14 February, when over 200 people
gathered at the downtown Toronto police headquarters for a rally and march. Many individuals in the crowd held up
signs bearing names, dates, and occasionally photos. Several dozen people carried black silhouette-style signs
cut in the shape of women's profiles, with names in white lettering on one
side, and datesâ€”usually preceded with the word â€śmurderedâ€ťâ€”on the other.
March 5th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, March 5, 2014
Pray for the community of Guayabo, Colombia, which
successfully resisted an eviction in November, but still fears the intervention
of illegal outside armed actors.
Erik Yesid Payares, 32, a leader for
the community of Guayabo, asked CPTâ€™s Colombia team to publicize the following
request this week: â€śIt is important to us that this problem is made known. We are humble people of peace and small
farmers. We live in a critical
situation under threat. We ask
that you help us and not abandon us.â€ťâ€™
|Epixel* for 9 March 2014|
|if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be
like the noonday.
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from |
the upcoming Sunday's
Revised Common Lectionary readings.
March 4th, 2014
On the evening of 28 February 2014, soldiers arrested eight
Palestinians on Shalala Streetâ€”six of them appeared to be under sixteen, and
two were clearly younger than twelve. Soldiers took the boys into the military base at Bab el Baladiya
at the entrance to the Old City and after approximately an hour, the soldiers took
all them away in military jeeps.
The arrests bring the total of child arrests and detentions
documented by internationals working in Hebron during the month of February to
eighteen. This number by no means reflects the total number of arrests and detentions
of Palestinian children by Israeli forces in the city.
Some of the detentions witnessed have been relatively brief,
including incidents where soldiers took children from residential streets or
the market, walked them some distance, compared them to photographs or
interrogated them in the street, then released them. Sometimes soldiers take
children into military bases or to military police stations and question them
there. Sometimes they arrest them in their homes and sometimes they hold them