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April 14th, 2016

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine March 2016 Newsletter

 

Kindergarten students CPTers walk to school

 

The Walk to School in Hebron

 

Imagine your children or grandchildren going off to kindergarten. Young, innocent, curious, proud to be "adults" going to school now. Not quite the same for kindergarten kids off to school in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, Palestine. 

In one neighborhood the kindergarten kids round the corner from the courtyard where their families live. Then, to go to school, they have to climb a rather steep hill. This hill has some features that you would consider "out of the ordinary". 

There is a nice, hard-surface path that leads up the hill. On the right of this path is a low wall constructed of concrete barriers -- somewhat like you might find separating the traffic lanes on an Interstate highway or autoroute -- topped with a wire fence. The path becomes a kind of corridor, but it's not the path for these kindergarten kids. They are Palestinian in occupied Palestine. Their path lies to the left of the barrier. It's an eroded dirt path covered with rocks and debris -- not so easy for little feet and short legs to navigate.

Read the full article here

April 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016     Palestine

Pray for U.S policymakers who are questioning their country’s unwavering support for Israel.  These include Representative Hank Johnson, Senator Patrick Leahy and eight other members of congress who held up the Israeli military’s murder of Hadil Hashlamoun in Hebron last fall as an example of why the U.S. needs to re-evaluate military aid to Israel.  They also include Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called for Israel to stop building settlements and referred to the indiscriminate killings of civilians in Gaza in 2014.  Even though he misstated numbers of Palestinians killed in an interview and his comments brought a barrage of criticism from other candidates running for president, he has not backed down from his statements.  Pray that these congressional members will continue to show the courage of their convictions, and that the voters in their districts will have the wisdom to resist the pro-Israeli Occupation lobby during the elections.

 

*Epixel for Peacemakers April 16, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
 
Senator Patrick Leahy                                                                Representative Hank Johnson
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your
 staff-- they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint
 my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:4-5
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common 
Lectionary readings.

April 11th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: March 2016 Newsletter now available!


Newroz - Celebrating the new year of 2716 !

The participants on the 45th CPT training joined other friends to celebrate the 2716 New Kurdish Year (Nawroz) by visiting the Kurdish mountains. Nawroz represents freedom, renewed hope and Kurdish dreams.
 

April 8th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Oil companies continue to steal and destroy land


On 29 February 2016 two CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team members went to the community of Hajji Ahmed to meet with Kak Miro, the village leader. Villagers have been struggling to maintain their land rights and have also been trying to gain adequate compensation for lands already confiscated by Exxon Mobil. CPT has been helping to amplify the voices of villagers since August 2013.

Exxon Mobil has finished one oil well and capped it for later use in a nearby field. During this process, the company, with the assistance of the Kurdistan Regional Government, appropriated land from local farmers. The construction and drilling polluted some of the land, causing plants, trees and vines to suffer or die. Kak Miro has heard that digging for a second well is to start soon.

Kak Miro asked the team to help him write a letter to the Committee of Human Rights and Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Parliament about not receiving any compensation for his lost and damaged land. He was waiting for a phone call from a committee member to set an appointment to deliver the letter.

April 7th

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 1-6 April 2016

Demolition

 Pictured here: Israeli forces demolished six homes in the Palestinian village of Um Al-Khair. Thirty-five people, many of them children, are now without shelter.

April 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016 Europe

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016  Europe 

Pray for the refugees and migrants in Greece facing deportation this week because of the European Union’s agreement with Turkey.  Pray for CPT-Europe’s partners on Lesvos, who are facing the shutdown of their collaborative, humane camp at Pipka by the local authorities.  The mayor of Lesvos plans to ship all the residents from Pipka to detention camps, including some of the most vulnerable refugees: those with disabilities, lone women and children, survivors of shipwrecks.  Please prayerfully sign this petition to keep Pipka open.

 

April 10, 2016  Third Sunday of Easter
Frontex Corporation officials guard migrants they are deporting for the European Union.
Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Acts 9:3-5
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

April 5th

COLOMBIA: Palm oil company attacks and intimidates Las Pavas community members

 

Burned house and kitchen | Photo: Marian DeCouto

Palm oil company Aportes San Isidro continues to harass and threaten the community of Las Pavas in 2016.  The farming community’s association ASOCAB continues to denounce these aggressions to no avail.  Even though judicial and administrative decisions have appeared to favour the community, the reality on the ground remains the same.  For this reason ASOCAB has published a public complaint against the company regarding the most recent events in hopes that the authorities will put an end to the impunity.

ASOCAB demands that the government “investigate and sanction those responsible, both the owner as well as the security guards, who are blatantly violating our fundamental rights and liberties.”  The community also asks that the government to guarantee their safety and to follow through with the allocation and titling of the Las Pavas land that the National Institute of Rural Development (INCODER) has deemed state land.

 A summary of the most recent incidents is as follows:

March 31st

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 31, 2016

 

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team gives thanks for Canadian Churches responding positively to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These denominations are embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, repenting of the historic role of Christianity in assimilation efforts, committing to make amends for the impact on Indigenous culture, land and governments.
We pray that the churches will be a prophetic voice that speaks against injustice and any agendas of government and corporation that afflict Indigenous communities around the world.

The Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team gives thanks for Canadian Churches responding positively to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These denominations are embracing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, repenting of the historic role of Christianity in assimilation efforts, committing to make amends for the impact on Indigenous culture, land and governments.

We pray that the churches will be a prophetic voice that speaks against injustice and any agendas of government and corporation that afflict Indigenous communities around the world.

Epixil* for April 3, 2016, Second Sunday of Easter
 Canadian church leaders prepare to deliver a statement on Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #48
Canadian church leaders prepare to deliver a statement on Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #48
Photo Credit: KAIROS Canada
"But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority." "
Acts 5:29
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

March 23rd

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 24, 2016

We give thanks for the members of the 2016 Holy Week delegation, a national delegation arranged by CPT Colombia. Pray for their safe travel, for group cohesion and effective engagement as they learn about the work of CAHUCOPANA.

This Holy Week, join your prayers with peacemakers across the globe as we remember the journey of Jesus and his friends to Jerusalem, the terrible events that took place there, and the good news that we have heard ever since.

Epixil* for March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday 
Holy Week Delegation
Members of the Colombian National Holy Week Delegation
They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
    they and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.
Isaiah 65:21-25

They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
    they and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

Isaiah 65:21-25

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

March 21st

IRAQI KURDISTAN: KRG Authorities Prevent CPT from Conducting a Public Action

CPTnet
March 22, 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan: KRG Authorities Prevent CPT from Conducting a Public Action
by Rebaz K. Mohammed, CPT Trainee, Sulaimani-Iraq

 

Asaysh (security) department in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, denied approval for a group of CPT trainees to conduct a public action in solidarity with the government employees. The action was to take place in Azadi (freedom) Park, Sulaimani, on the February 19, 2016.

After the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG) failed to pay public-sector employees’ salaries for the last 5 months, a number of public sector employees in Sulaimani went on a strike demanding their rights in salaries. The strike included, but not limited to, teachers, traffic police, and doctors.

The 2016 CPT-training group in Sulaimani prepared a public action to demonstrate their appreciation for the hard work the employees have done without pay for such a long time, and at the same time, to show support for the employees’ demand for their rights. This would have been demonstrated through a short theatrical performance by the trainees, with the support of the CPT team in Sulaimani.