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January 18th, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 18 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 18 January 2017

Many of us might be contemplating about the difficult days that are about to come. Wars keep on raging around the world and powerful discriminatory systems are on the rise. Presidents and political leaders speak of preparations for new wars on different religions, sects, ethnicities, races and nationalities. 

Spiritual teachings illustrate that our past actions affect us, either positively or negatively, and that our present actions will affect us in the future. It is easy to waste time on blaming one person or another for what happens around us, instead of focusing on our present actions that might shape our future differently. Let’s all work together as one global community to resist nonviolently against all oppressive systems around the world and pray for each other on our long journey towards peace and justice. 

The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.

(Proverbs 22: 7-8)

For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.

(James 3: 16-18)

Poster No more war

Artist: Beatriz Aurora. No to War. Another world is possible. A world where all worlds fit.

January 17th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 10- January 16

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 17 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 10- January 16

 

Constant Hassle

Pictured here: Using the pretext of "security", Israeli soldiers stop and search this Palestinian as he walks along the Old City street. In groups of six, the Israeli soldiers periodically patrol the Old City streets. The sole purpose of these patrols is to intimidate the Palestinians who live, work or shop there. Daily life for Palestinians in the Old City becomes a constant hassle. 

(January 14, 2017)

January 16th

IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: December 2016- Demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan and more!

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Newsletter - December 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
New Year 
2016 has not been the easiest year for many people around the world, as many of them still are in war zones and struggling for peace and justice. Many people have lost their lives and many more are struggling with their governments and corrupt systems. We hold all of these people in our thoughts and we pray that 2017 brings joy and peace to all lives, communities and societies. Happy new year. Let's welcome 2017 and work together to bring about changes. We wish you all happy times and peace.

CPT- Iraqi Kurdistan. 
 
Demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan
Teachers reunited after security forces tried to separate them to end the peaceful demonstration.
 Photo by:Rezhiar Fakhir 
Teachers and civil society activists continue to protest to bring about change into Iraqi Kurdistan Region. 
As 2017 begins, teachers continue to organize protests in the city of Sulaimani demanding transparency in the region's income, rule of law and freedom. However, in December 2016, many teachers, human rights activists and civil rights activists were arrested, beaten and jailed by the local security forces. Despite the security force's harsh treatments, teachers still stress through their words and actions the importance for the protests to continue to remain peaceful.

January 12th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY / PALESTINE: It’s Harvest Time! Deer harvest in Short Hills and the olive harvest in Palestine.

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12 January 2017 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY / PALESTINE: It’s Harvest Time! Deer harvest in Short Hills and the olive harvest in Palestine.

by Rachelle Friesen

Every October after the first fall rain, Palestinian families gather together and go to their land to harvest olives. The ancient trees have become a meeting place for families to take a break from their busy lives, and pick the olives that will be used for food and oil. Often, the young men climb the trees and shake the olives down onto the tarps below, while the grandmothers sit on the ground sorting the olives from the branches and leaves. The other family members take part in picking olives from the lower branches, while the air is filled with laughter and parents’ scolding as mischievous children get into olive tossing fights. The olive harvest is not only about sustainable food production but an integral part of the Palestinian cultural identity.

Man and Olive Tree

Photo credit: CPT Palestine 

January 11th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 11 January 2017

Snow. For a lot of people snow is a synonym of a warm home. For others snow is a beautiful landscape in which they can get lost. Other people, those who have not seen or felt the snow, dream about snowflakes on their hands. However, not everyone shares the same perception of snow.

Let us pray for all refugees and people without home in Europe, Middle East, North America and the rest of the world who are suffering because of harsh winter conditions. Let us seek ways in which we can help them. Let us pray for political leaders to accept and understand that it is necessary to implement changes in order to stop the global warming. Let us pray for all those who have a cold heart so that the warmth of friends, family and community allows their hope to return.

Syrian woman walks wit her sons under the snow

Photo credit: Aljazeera.

January 10th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 3- January 9

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10 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 3- January 9

 
 
 

Stop and Check

Pictured here: These two soldiers were out intimidating a group of children at Salaymeh checkpoint, one soldier with a stun grande in his hand, when this car drove past. Soldiers regularly stop Palestinian drivers for no apparent reason to check IDs and the contents of their cars. Sometimes the drivers are detained for just a few minutes, sometimes for much longer even when they find nothing. 

(January 3, 2017)

January 9th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine December 2016 Newsletter--Old City Voices, UNICEF visit and more...

CPT Palestine Newsletter - December 2016

 
 

Old City Voices: Jamal

“We live in a prison. We can’t move freely. There are checkpoints everywhere, and you never know if you will be allowed to pass, or if you will be stopped, IDed and searched. This can happen even on the street or on the sidewalk. How can we expect customers to come to our shops?”

Jamal is a shopkeeper in the Old City of Hebron. He sells shawls, handwoven Bedouin rugs, fancy dresses with hand embroidery, handbags made by village women and other textile items from the region. He had a thriving business in the hustle and bustle of the Old City market until the 1st Intifada in the early 1990s. After that business declined modestly until the 2nd Intifada in 2000. Then his business crashed and has yet to recover.

In the “old days”, when his father and grandfather were merchants in the Old City, people came from all over the West Bank to Hebron... Read more

January 4th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 4 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 4 January 2017

In tradition of the Muiscas, the indigenous people who lived in what is now Bogota, Colombia, one of the most important rituals was carried out by the wise of the community. The wise person sat on a small bench in order to reconnect with the earth and thus reflect on one's own and their community's past, present and future. 

In our daily lives - even though it seems incredible - there are few moments in which we can sit still and reflect.

Today, we would like to invite you to halt your activities for a moment and reflect on:

- things that we could have done better in the past year,

- privileges that we have and ways to walk in solidarity with those who do not share the same,

- activities we can do to support peace initiatives around the world,

- and how to be agents of transformation of violence and oppression in our own communities.

Let's pray that this year of 2017 will grow new hopes for a better world.

Anthropomorphic figure from

Picture from Museo del Oro, Banco de la RepĂşblica.

January 3rd

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 27 - January 2

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3 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos December 27- January 2


 

Happy New Year?

Pictured here: The Israeli Paratrooper unit currently in Hebron chose New Year's Eve (Gregorian Calendar) to stop cars and pedestrians coming into the Old City of Hebron and ask for their IDs. CPTers were coming on their way home from a party thrown by their EAPPI colleagues and rang in 2017 monitoring Israeli military treatment of Palestinian civilians.

(December 31, 2016)

December 29th, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016


Prayers for Peacemakers. 29 December 2016

2016 has been a difficult year. Stories about the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean sea, the peace process in Colombia, killings of social leaders and farmers, protests to defend water resources, political surprises that seek to eliminate rights of millions of people, intensifying abuses in Hebron, new disappearances in the borderlands between Mexico and the USA, ongoing wars around the world, increasing islamophobia, escalating abuse of migrants, violence against women and natural disasters that have left thousands of people homeless… The list seems endless.

However, even in all this darkness, we can always find a ray of light. It reminds us that we must not lose faith. The light, which the oppression tries hard to extinguish, lives and grows with the commitment and dedication of us all.

In this last week of 2016, let us pray for an amplification of the light in the coming year. The light that lives and shines both inside each one of us and in the world around us. Let's pray for this light to grow stronger and multiply.

Let us pray for CPT members in Colombia, Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turtle Island, Greece, our partners and all the people struggling for peace around the world. Let's pray together for those who work to transform all forms of violence and oppression.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Baby watching TV

Photo credit: Caldwell Manners (El Garzal, Sur de Bolivar)