Archive - 2017

Date

March 29th

Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017

Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017 

Water is life. Water is revitalizing energy. Water is a right. Every year on March 22, millions of people celebrate the World Water Day and raise awareness about the waste of water, the importance of preventing deforestation, protection of the paramos (unique ecosystems that produce high amounts of water), the need to control production of carbon dioxide, and other fundamental issues.

However, many people with specific interests prefer to make profits from extraction of oil, gold, coal and minerals, which destroys and endangers water sources in different parts of the world.

Today we invite you to pray for the guardians of water who despite the difficulties continue their struggle.

Hand of Leader of the Guardians of Water.

Hand of JosĂ© Domingo, Campesino and guardian of water in Cajamarca, Colombia. This photo was taken on  March 25th, the day before the referendum. The mountain in the back, La Colosa, is the place where Anglo Gold Ashanti wanted to extract gold. Photo Credit: Hanna Thiesing.

March 28th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 21 - 27

A week of occupation in photos: March 21 - 27
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Stopped

 
Pictured here:  Palestinians, including children and a differently abled teenager were stopped, detained and IDed on their way to work and school by Israeli soldiers. 

 (March 21, 2017)

March 23rd

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 March 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 March 2017

This week in Prayers for Peacemakers we lift up a prayer of great thanksgiving for a successful Sabeel conference two weeks ago, and Steering Committee meetings, last week. Paraphrasing Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when teammates sit together in unity!" Sabeel, an ecumenical center for liberation theology in Jerusalem, is a partner of Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine. Together in unity, we affirm the prophetic call of the Gospel to renounce violence and dominative power. 

We also give thanks that Steering Committee meetings took place in Hebron so that board members who could travel here had the chance to meet teammates and participate in the work of the Palestine team on-the-ground. With the context in mind they deliberated over matters in order to build an organizational culture of justice, inclusion, mutual respect and welcome (CPT Faith Identity statement). We thank God for this good and pleasant opportunity to be together, even in the intensity of the context of Israeli military occupation.

CPT Reservist, Administrative Staff, and Steering Committee members

CPT Reservists, Administrative staff, and Steering Committee members from 5 countries joined the Sabeel conference, and the work of the team on the ground in Hebron/Al-Khalil.

March 21st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 14 - 20

A week of occupation in photos: March 14 - 20

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Child Arrest

 
Pictured here:  A Palestinian boy, who threw a stone at the reinforced checkpoint, was ambushed by three Israeli Border Police who were hiding within different buildings in the area. The boy was subsequently arrested and taken to a prison without his parents knowledge, where he stayed for a number of nights.

 (March 14, 2017)
 

March 20th

CANADA: Rally to end Islamophobia

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CANADA: Rally to end Islamophobia

by Rachelle Friesen

I am deeply humbled to stand beside all of you today, as we continue to confront Islamophobia, fascism and white supremacy - in all its manifestations.  Yet, I also recognize who I am, and the land on which we stand.

I am white. I am a settler. And I was born in a country that exists because of the genocide of Indigenous people and the dispossession of Indigenous land. I recognize that, today, we gather on that stolen land. Land that has never been willingly given up nor ever been relinquished, despite what white historians may tell us.

And as we gather here today, it is important to remember this land’s history, and the country that was built on it, it is important to remember its history especially when there are so many who work to rewrite it. It is important to remember this country’s history so we can one day stop repeating it.

This country was never built on values of freedom for all. Rather, it was built on the genocide of Indigenous inhabitants and the oppression of racialized people. It was built on sexual violence against women and built on the exploitation of the worker. This is this country’s history but it is also acutely felt and experienced in its present. 

Rally to end Islamophobia 

Photo Credit: Murray Lumley.

March 16th

IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: January & February 2017-- Accompaniment and more!

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January & February 2017
 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
Accompaniment 
Awat Hassan talking to CPTers at his home. Photo by: Gabe 
CPT started around the clock accompaniment for Awat Hassan
Teachers' demonstrations in the city of Sulaimani continued in January 2017 as people demanded that their full salaries be paid and for a stop to corruption in the public sector. During those protests many of the organizers and human rights defenders were arrested and harshly treated by the security forces. Awat Hassan was one of the main faces of the protests and was severely beaten, detained, and his car was burned. His wife, brother, and eleven year old daughter were also detained. In addition, his younger children were traumatized after seeing those incidents. He invited CPT to accompany him and his family during the demonstrations.

Towards the end of January, the government forced the teachers to end the demonstrations but the threats towards the organizers continued. Due to this, CPT recieved a request by Awat Hassan for around the clock CPT accompaniment for him and his family that lasted over a month. CPT also ran an international campaign to ask the government to provide security for Awat Hassan and his family.  

March 15th

Prayers for Peacemakers 15 March 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers 15 March 2017

Last week the world commemorated the International Women's Day. Also we would like to acknowledge the power and leading role of women in struggle for justice and peace all around the world.

Let us pray for all women members of the CPT projects, for all the women in the Administrative team and all our women partners around the world. Each and every one of them does amazing things in order to build a better world. Let us pray for all girls around the world. Let us pray for a better future for them.

Girls plain in the river. Colombia

Let us pray for men as well, because they need to overcome sexism and work as allies of women in their struggles. Let us pray and work together for a better world where all women, men and every individual have the same opportunities, same access to justice, education and social securities, and freedom to live in peace and for peace. 

March 14th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 7-13

A week of occupation in photos: March 07 - 13
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Resistance and Resilience


Pictured here: Palestinian women's cooperative show their presence every day in the Old market. 

 (March 7, 2017)

March 10th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine February 2017 Newsletter--Remembering at Martyrs' Cemetery, Checkpoint 56 and more...

CPT Palestine Newsletter - February 2017
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Remembering at Martyrs' Cemetery

On a warm, sunny, Sunday noontime, 26 February 2017, at The Martyrs’ Cemetery on a hillside in Hebron, groups of Palestinian community leaders, political officials, the press, school children, members of the community and international observers gathered to remember the 29 lives that an American-Israeli settler, and doctor, took Friday, noon, 25 February 1994.

The men whose lives the Israeli took were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque, the site of the cave tomb of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. They were not “martyrs” to their Muslim faith, to a cause for Palestinian independence or in resistance against the illegal, immoral Israeli occupation of the West Bank. It was Friday noon. The 29 came, as usual, to pray. They did not think to “give” their lives. The Israeli settler, with his automatic rifle, took their lives. He didn’t ask. They didn’t agree or resist. He just took their lives.

Just as those 29 men could not imagine the enormity of what has about to happen to them, we could not grasp the reality of what did happen. (Read More)

 



March 9th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 8 March 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 8 March 2017 

by Salvador Castro

Receive a fraternal embrace of peace and good.

I will do whatever you ask in my name. John 14:13

Knowing that the power of prayer can move mountains, I would like to invite you to raise a prayer to heaven asking for the Creator's mercy to my city Barrancabermeja (Magdalena region, Colombia), in which criminal death has increased its action. In the last two months it has already claimed lives of 12 young people. Threats and other violent acts in the city are also on the rise. 

Please pray for strength for families who have lost their loved ones. Pray that the wisdom of the communities together with the institutions of the state will find the right actions that defend, celebrate and dignify life. Pray that the liberating love of the Father and the power of the universe may accompany each new dawn.

Farmer from las Pavas 

Photo credit: CPT Colombia.

As people of GOD, children of the universe and lovers of life we are called to be light to the world. We need and pray that the Spirit strengthens us so that we can continue following the Way and living our faith full of action seeking social justice, love and solidarity.