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August 1st, 2015

IRAQI KURDISTAN: July Update 2015

Violence of 2003 Laying the Foundation for Current Crisis

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan recently discovered in our files a report by CPT Iraq in January 2004. It is titled, Report and Recommendations on Iraqi Detainees .

“Between May 31 and December 20, 2003, CPT Iraq conducted dozens of interviews of Iraqi detainees and/or their families and support networks. This report summarizes the findings from seventy-two cases… CPT is particularly concerned that any mistreatment of the Iraqi people could lead to long-term problems including:           
   1. Increasing numbers of Iraqi people joining resistance groups. 2. Increasing danger of attacks against Coalition soldiers. 3. A growing record of human rights violations against the Iraqi people….
 Our conclusion is straightforward: the military actions designed to ensure short-term security are in fact compromising long-term security interests of Iraqis and all internationals…. Developing a process for handling detainee issues that is transparent, efficient, and that upholds basic legal rights is essential for establishing a secure and democratic society…. The (US-led) Coalition Provisional Authority could model the sort of justice system most desirable for a future free, democratic Iraq.”

Now have a look at The Guardian;  ISIS: the inside story—Martin Chulov; 11 December 2014
"There was a huge amount of collective pressure exerted on detainees to become more radical in their beliefs. Obviously, this was supported by the fact that the detainees were being held against their will in a facility with minimal communication with their family and friends. This led to detainees turning to each other for support. If there were radical elements within this support network, there was always the potential that detainees would become more radical in their beliefs.
According to Hisham al-Hashimi, the Baghdad-based analyst, the Iraqi government estimates that 17 of the 25 most important Islamic State leaders running the war in Iraq and Syria spent time in US prisons between 2004 and 2011."

July 31st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian children targeted by the Israeli Military

“Recognizing that, in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration…”
from the Preamble of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

In the past two weeks, CPT has witnessed a significant increase in the targeting of Palestinian children by Israeli occupying forces. From soldiers confiscating their bicycles to chasing them down in the street, the Israeli occupying forces are stripping children of their fundamental right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities.

These are the stories that CPT has documented in Hebron’s Old City, but many more stories of boys and girls remain invisible.

Sunday 19 July â€“ A six-year-old boy was swarmed by the heavily armed Israeli military, forced to empty his pockets, and aggressively interrogated.

July 30th

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 30, 2015 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 30, 2015     Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for the Kurdish villagers living in the mountainous border regions between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey. In 2012, Turkey and the Kurdish resistance entered into a delicate truce.  The bombing ended in the area where the villagers of Basta live. They rejoiced and put money into building a new mosque with the hope that people would come back to the village. This week the bombing started again.

*Epixel for Sunday, July 25, 2015 

 The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him,
"There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.

The rich man had very many flocks and herds;
but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had
bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children;
 it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his
 bosom,  and it was like a daughter to him.

Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of
his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him,
but he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared that for the guest
 who had come  to him."

Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan,
"As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;


he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because
 he had no pity."


Nathan said to David, "You are the man!  2 Samuel 12: 1-7

 
 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text
 from the upcoming Sunday's 
Revised Common Lectionary readings.

July 27th

DETROIT: Conversation as Action-CPT Goes to the Source

photo: Hayden Abene
CPT Detroit Delegation gathered at Source Booksellers for a presentation and conversation on food, faith, and sustainability.  Pictured (from left) delegate Cate Desjardins, delegation leader Sarah Thompson, delegate Ian Sawyer, and bookstore owner Janet Webster.

Plato described it as finding your way out of the cave; social activist Grace Lee Boggs spoke about the evolution of our thinking; Jesus said to know the truth is to become free. They, and so many others, observed that our minds are often limited by illusions. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) takes great care to place ourselves in the path of individuals who can help us more clearly see the truth of what is happening in our world and the way we are attached to false narratives. Having given ourselves into the ongoing work of freeing our hearts and minds, we also seek to create conditions that bear public witness to the search for truth. None of us can leave the cave of internalized oppression on our own. We need people who have experienced the joy of this journey to invite, walk with us, hold us accountable, and celebrate with us.

Often times, actions that bear witness to truth in the context of entrenched oppression take the form of protest, transgression of unjustly drawn boundaries, or creative venues for speech. But for our Detroit Delegation action, CPTers went directly to the Source. Source Booksellers is a small independent bookstore specializing in the kinds of books that awaken consciousness and support people and communities seeking truth together. Storeowner Janet Webster Jones collaborated with delegation leader Sarah Thompson to host a conversation focused on food, faith and sustainability. Members of the delegation presented stories guided by the five principles outlined by Mennonite and writer Doris Janzen Longacre in Living More with Less (1980)—a practical guide for living in sustainable ways that are mindful of both the future of the planet and the plight of the poor:

July 23rd

NIGERIA: Tales of two women captured by Boko Haram

 

Church of the Brethren member Aishatu Joshua showed me a scar on her upper left arm where a Boko Haram fighter shot her during a November 2014 raid of her town, Ngoshe, near the Cameroon border. The bullet entered her arm in an angle, and went out again.

Boko Haram fighters had captured her along with another woman. She heard one say, “Should we kill them?” The other said, “Take them out of the village and do it.” While they were walking them out, they shot and killed the other woman.  Aishatu started to run away, but was shot in the arm. She fell down and lay still, so they thought she was dead and left her.

July 22nd

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 22, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 22, 2015

Give thanks that Medecins Sans Frontiers has begun providing bus transportation for arriving refugees on the island of Lesvos, so that they don't need to walk the 70 km distance from arrival points on the north coast to the registration centre in Mytiline.  Pray for CPT-Europe’s work with this summer on Lesvos among the people who have risked incredibly dangerous journeys to reach the island. More than 90 percent of the 77,000 people who have arrived on the Greek islands in the first six months of 2015 are fleeing countries experiencing war and conflict, principally Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 *Epixel for Sunday, July 25, 2015 
Afghan refugees on the 70 km walk from the north coast of Lesvos towards Moria reception center.
You would confound the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. Psalm 14:6
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

July 21st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos, 10-19 July 2015

 

Provocation 

Pictured here: Israeli soldiers patrolling provocatively at Bab i-Zawwyeh in H1, outside their assigned area in H2. 
(12/07/2015)

July 18th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Twenty years of CPT Palestine in photos

This summer marks the twentieth year of Christian Peacemaker Team's presence in Palestine.  While that does not seem to be a reason to celebrate, we do feel we should mark the occasion.

1997: Direct Action

 Pictured here: A CPTer takes part in a rebuilding action at the Waheed Zalloum house, which is located between the settlements of Kiryat Arba and Harsina in Hebron.

July 17th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: June 2015 newsletter

Report on communal tensions and ethno-religious discrimination
in Arbat IDP Camp

After the team spent many weeks speaking to representatives from every group in Arbat IDP camp, our report is complete. The findings of the report are very sensitive and might cause an escalation of camp tensions. Therefore the report is not public. Team shared it with care with the UNHCR officials and several other people and agencies who we hope could commit to working on strategies to alleviate the causes of  these tensions.

New water tank for CPT roof

When CPT Iraqi Kurdstan moved into this house in Rizgari Taze, Sulaimani in 2007 there were two water tanks on the roof. These containers have received and stored city water every 2-3 days.  After  8 years of constant use the old water tanks were a mess with much mud on the bottom  and one of them was leaking. It was  time to buy a new big one, to have more and cleaner water. Thanks to God for the ones who donate to CPT so we can have clean plentiful water.
 
 
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July 16th

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 16, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 16, 2015

Pray for the participants and speakers at the Peacemaker Congress 2015 this weekend.  Ask for God to undergird the proceedings, so that the people present may find creative new ways to address the Powers who shut off water to the poor in Detroit, and abuse the marginalized in all the locations where Christian Peacemaker Teams works.