July 18th, 2015

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.

       AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 10

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.

July 15th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: “Allow to Pass Freely and Give Every Assistance”—Palestinian refugees in Iraq

In 1943 the British High Commissioner issued Muhammad Ahmad a Palestinian passport in the British-controlled region of Palestine. It gave the command “to allow the bearer to pass freely without hindrance and to afford him every assistance and protection of which he may stand in need.” In 1948, he fled the war between the Jewish settlers and Palestinian inhabitants to Baghdad, Iraq.  In 2015 his descendants have flown again, this time to Iraqi Kurdistan.  The family treasures the ancient passport, but the command means nothing to anyone.

Twenty-two members of the extended family live together in a house in a city in Iraqi Kurdistan. For many years they had established a good life in Baghdad–they had cars, houses and thriving businesses. However, in 2005 they began to receive threats. Men in cars with masked license plates harassed the younger men. Shi’a militia searched their houses for bombs or bomb making materials. They are Sunni Muslims and an ethnic minority and thus the militia accuse them of association with Da’ash/ISIS.

July 14th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 3-9 July, 2015



Pictured here: Scouts group walking through the Old City in Hebron, which in this area is an act of resistance and steadfastness.

July 10th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: IPS team supports Anishinaabe Water Walk from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake, Treaty 3

Push 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen (tar sands oil) from Hardisty, Alberta to St. John, New Brunswick through a 40-year old natural gas pipeline. What could go wrong?

On 3 August Anishinaabe walkers and their allies will begin walking on the eastern edge of Treaty 3 territory at Eagle Lake First Nation and proceeding along Transcanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to Shoal Lake, Ontario. The five-day walk is planned by the Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD) to draw attention to the threat TransCanada, Inc project poses to the water and mobilize people in surrounding Anishinaabe communities.

“Transcanada’s pipeline is going through the process of consultation and approvals to push the oil through these lands,” said GIWD organizer and Grassy Narrows First Nation’s environmental advocate, Judy da Silva, at this year’s World Water Day in Kenora, ON. “These are the kind of serious water issues people need to look at in Kenora and in Treaty 3 if they want to keep the water pristine for the future generations.”

July 9th

GREECE: The blistered feet of the refugees on Lesbos

Since the beginning of 2015 the number of asylum seekers trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean has continued to increase; the tiny island of Lesbos alone has received more than 25,000 over the past six months.

Last year when I was working on the island of Lesbos the number was high, but nothing compared to this year.  As a consequence, some new issues facing the refugees and places for dealing with the refugees have sprung up.  It is worth mentioning that many of the new issues were present last year, just on a smaller scale and some of the new ones are the result of bad old policies and inhumane laws.

One of the new temporary places for refugees that has sprung up is called Kara Tepe, an old driving training field on the outskirts of Mytilene. Mytilene is the capital of the north Aegean island of Lesbos, which is the only place where refugees who arrive at any spot on the shores of the island can be registered.

July 8th

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 8, 2015 Oceania

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 8, 2015  Oceania

Please pray for the Christian Peace Pilgrims arrested for disrupting the ‘Talisman Sabre’ US-Australian war rehearsals this morning. The activists entered the training area in objection to the Australian-US military alliance, and to the human, economic and environmental costs of those wars for Australian soldiers and the Australian taxpaying public. Participants in the action included two members of CPT-Oceania.

 *Epixel for Sunday, June 28, 2015 
From left: Peace Pilgrims Simon Reeves, Rev. Simon Moyle and CPTer Greg Rolles
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Psalm 85:8-10
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

July 6th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Teenage resistance to oil extraction

“These are my fields and these are my guests”, fourteen-year-old Ibrahim spoke boldly to the security guard who blocked the way leading to the oil field near the tiny Kurdish village of Haji Ahmed.  He and his younger brother Zaid sat on the bus with CPT delegates waiting to be able to look at their vineyards as well as the oil exploration site.

As we planned the visit, we had discovered that our friend, Kak Mirro, was serving his military time on the front against ISIS but his teenage sons were quite willing to show us around. We knew that the bus would not be able to navigate the tortuous farm road and so we wondered how we would be able to overlook the fields. However, we were very surprised when Ibrahim guided the driver onto the paved road and up to the guard cabin with the barrier stretched across the entrance to the oil field that had once been the village’s land.

July 1st

Prayers for Peacemakers July 1, 2015 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers July 1, 2015     Colombia

Give thanks that Colombian Christians at the International Ecumenical Gathering for Peace in Bogota had a chance to fellowship with Christians from other countries embroiled in lethal conflicts and share peacebuilding experiences.


  *Epixel for Sunday, June 28, 2015 
 Photo: Justapaz
So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.