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COLOMBIA: Constitutional Court ruling changes the game in favour of Las Pavas

Yesterday, the Colombian Constitutional court removed two significant articles from the Agrarian Law. Large landowners who have acquired land through illegal means have been using these articles to prevent the Colombian state from recovering these lands. From now on, the courts cannot suspend the rulings of INCODER—the Colombian institute that regulates land titling—in the event of an appeal for revision.

An Aportes San Isidro palm oil worker tends to recently planted palm trees that surround young yucca and plantain trees.

 Two years ago, INCODER ruled that the disputed territory of Las Pavas belonged to the state, through a process of imminent domain. (The Las Pavas community had been working the land for more than thirty years.) Aportes San Isidro, the palm oil company, appealed this ruling before the Consejo del Estado, the highest administrative court, where the revision of this ruling remains stuck to this day and the implementation of INCODER’s ruling suspended.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 23-29 September 2015


Love amidst Hate  

Pictured here: Two Palestinian girls smile and make a heart as Palestinians pass through Israeli checkpoints to reach Ibrahimi mosque for Friday prayers. There is so much hatred here in occupied Hebron, but love is also ever present. As Leonard Cohen says "there's a crack in every thing, that's how light gets in". 


Prayers for Peacemakers, September 30, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 30, 2015

Pray for Christian Peacemaker Team Colombia partner Carlos Morales, who was arrested, along with five other people affiliated with Cahucopana Nordeste.  The police have accused Juan Guillermo Rojo, Morales’s bodyguard, of homicide. Cahucopana Nordeste strongly denies these accusations against Carlos Morales and others. They demand that all held in custody receive a fair trial, and that the authorities and the media treat the accused with the presumption of innocence.  

*Epixel for Sunday, October 4, 2015 
 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Psalm 26:1
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.



Larry Morrisette

“I am not sick. I am not a victim. I have been colonized. I am a member of a strong and resilient people. The effects of being colonized have made me sick. I have been victimized but that is not who I am. I have been healed, and continue to heal, by the traditional ways and medicines of my ancestors—given to them by the Great Spirit.” (A paraphrase)

Larry Morrissette of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan (one clan among many) explains how colonization has attempted to destroy his culture and eradicate his people’s claims on the land we call Canada. 

Larry is the founder and president of Medicine Fire Lodge Inc., an Indigenous organization involved in cultural revitalization through education and training. He teaches at the University of Winnipeg. One day, he tells us, he showed up to give a lecture and a security guard stopped him and asked him if he was looking for the Food Bank.

He says this kind of thing can trigger memories of abuse suffered in the residential school by “mean” nuns. His hope is that the young people—including his children and grandchildren—who learn the traditional teachings and use the medicines of their people will be better able to protect themselves from such attacks on their personhood.

“They thought we’d be gone by now—but we’re still here.”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian teenager fatally shot at Shuhada Checkpoint

Hadil Hashlamoun (18), a first year student at Hebron University, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Shuhada checkpoint in Hebron on Tuesday morning (22.09.15). She and her family lived in the H1 region of Hebron.

Fawaz abu Aisheh (34), a resident of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was attempting to usher children from the scene, while translating the orders shouted in Hebrew by the Israeli soldiers at Hadil.  

He explained, “They were screaming at her, “Move back! Move Back!” I knew she couldn´t understand so I intervened in Arabic …She was terrified…She listened to me immediately when first I spoke with her, but they moved me away and continued to scream at her in Hebrew which she obviously didn’t understand.”

Official Israeli military reports state that Hadil attempted to stab a soldier, which all eyewitnesses refute.

Abu Aisheh said, “She was covered completely, there was no knife showing at any time. Even if she did have a knife he could have arrested her so easily. I was there… I could have talked to her; she cooperated with me in that very first moment. I asked her to move, and she moved. But after that I begged [the soldier] to let me talk to her, but they took me away from her, and started pointing their weapons at me. After they shot her more, and more soldiers arrived, there were still three or four kids a few meters from the checkpoint, so I moved the kids away. ”