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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 20-26 September 2016

Immoral, Illegal Annexation Underway  

Pictured here: CPT delegates from Serbia, India, and the US visit Al Bowereh, a neighborhood facing increasing encroachment, violence, and harassment by Israeli Jewish settlers seeking to link the Kiryat Arbat settlement with a nearby outpost.
(September 24, 2016)

Mediterranean: On watch

The waves crashed on the stony beach. Out in the water of the Aegean Sea, between the Island of Lesvos and the coast of Turkey, the lights of coast guard boats and an occasional fishing boat could be seen in the moonless night. Two of our team joined members of the Emergency Rescue Centre International (ERCI) team as they started their evening all-night vigil to watch for and assist with passengers in refugee boats if they arrive at this area of the island. 

Night-vision binoculars were on hand.  An orange tarp was removed from a stack of blankets, kept for the warmth of the volunteers.  Wooden pallets for seating had been set up around a mound of rocks, where the group would light a campfire during the colder months of the year. During the dryer months of the summer there are regulations against open fires.

The rhythmic sound of the waves gave a backdrop for meditating, and we had plenty of time for getting to know each other. Though some did nap during the early hours of the morning, several participants always remained awake and alert to respond if a boat came. Other clusters of ERCI workers were holding similar at a couple other locations around the island where boats might arrive from Turkey. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 13-19 September 2016

 

Random Act of Oppression 

Pictured here: An Israeli border police searches a Palestinian student's bag at Salaymeh checkpoint, disrupting his journey home after school. After taking this photo the border policeman told CPTers: "No pictures here!" 
(September 19, 2016)

Mediterranean: On Borders, Cooks, and Farmers

 

Massom* is young–I’d guess about 30, likely a bit younger. He’s one of the refugees who like to interact with the Greek organizers and the ever-changing group of international volunteers, practicing his English and helping out around the camp. This is a self-organized camp for some of the most vulnerable refugees who have arrived at the island of Lesvos, and Massom interacts with others here in ways that, for a variety of valid reasons, not many others are as apt to do. He’s there with a dustpan if he sees you sweeping. He helps to unload the deliveries of produce from area farmers into the room where we organize daily distributions. He’s all about making tea for anyone who wants it, anytime—his excuse to come and go often from the kitchen. He frequently succumbs, with great compassion, to the demands of little Myriam, a curly-headed toddler essentially on her own and dependent on the kindness of fellow residents and volunteers for the attention her mother—who suffers from severe depression—is unable to provide with much regularity. Massom enjoys staying close to the food scene, many times a week serving our communal lunch.

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 21, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 21, 2016

Give thanks for the Muslim villagers of Dipre and the Christian villagers of Kashkawa in Iraqi Kurdistan who have supported each other over the years during Turkish cross-border bombings.  Dipre was most affected in the most recent round of bombings, and the Kashkawa villagers gave the villagers of Dipre the keys to their homes, so they could find refuge more easily.

*Epixel for Peacemakers September 25, 2016 
Children in Dipre village
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners
 free;

the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD
 loves the righteous.

 The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the
 wicked he brings to ruin. Psalm 146:5-9
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's
Revised Common Lectionary readings.