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September 30th, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 30, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 30, 2015

Pray for Christian Peacemaker Team Colombia partner Carlos Morales, who was arrested, along with five other people affiliated with Cahucopana Nordeste.  The police have accused Juan Guillermo Rojo, Morales’s bodyguard, of homicide. Cahucopana Nordeste strongly denies these accusations against Carlos Morales and others. They demand that all held in custody receive a fair trial, and that the authorities and the media treat the accused with the presumption of innocence.  

*Epixel for Sunday, October 4, 2015 
 
 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Psalm 26:1
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

September 29th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Blinded by colonization

 

Larry Morrisette

“I am not sick. I am not a victim. I have been colonized. I am a member of a strong and resilient people. The effects of being colonized have made me sick. I have been victimized but that is not who I am. I have been healed, and continue to heal, by the traditional ways and medicines of my ancestors—given to them by the Great Spirit.” (A paraphrase)

Larry Morrissette of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan (one clan among many) explains how colonization has attempted to destroy his culture and eradicate his people’s claims on the land we call Canada. 

Larry is the founder and president of Medicine Fire Lodge Inc., an Indigenous organization involved in cultural revitalization through education and training. He teaches at the University of Winnipeg. One day, he tells us, he showed up to give a lecture and a security guard stopped him and asked him if he was looking for the Food Bank.

He says this kind of thing can trigger memories of abuse suffered in the residential school by “mean” nuns. His hope is that the young people—including his children and grandchildren—who learn the traditional teachings and use the medicines of their people will be better able to protect themselves from such attacks on their personhood.

“They thought we’d be gone by now—but we’re still here.”

September 25th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian teenager fatally shot at Shuhada Checkpoint



Hadil Hashlamoun (18), a first year student at Hebron University, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Shuhada checkpoint in Hebron on Tuesday morning (22.09.15). She and her family lived in the H1 region of Hebron.

Fawaz abu Aisheh (34), a resident of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was attempting to usher children from the scene, while translating the orders shouted in Hebrew by the Israeli soldiers at Hadil.  

He explained, “They were screaming at her, “Move back! Move Back!” I knew she couldn´t understand so I intervened in Arabic …She was terrified…She listened to me immediately when first I spoke with her, but they moved me away and continued to scream at her in Hebrew which she obviously didn’t understand.”

Official Israeli military reports state that Hadil attempted to stab a soldier, which all eyewitnesses refute.

Abu Aisheh said, “She was covered completely, there was no knife showing at any time. Even if she did have a knife he could have arrested her so easily. I was there… I could have talked to her; she cooperated with me in that very first moment. I asked her to move, and she moved. But after that I begged [the soldier] to let me talk to her, but they took me away from her, and started pointing their weapons at me. After they shot her more, and more soldiers arrived, there were still three or four kids a few meters from the checkpoint, so I moved the kids away. ”

September 24th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Privilege in Palestine and Pennsylvania

A month ago I visited Israel and Palestine for the first time to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead, I learned about the United States. That place, seven hours ahead of my home time, made me feel like I was living in an America past.

When I rode past the barrier separating Israel from the land outside, I wondered about the origins of Wall Street in New York City. When I saw Palestinians get off the bus at a checkpoint to have their documents reviewed while the border guard hopped on the bus to glance at my U.S. passport, I couldn’t help thinking of Rosa Parks. When I heard stories of how Palestinians lost their homes to demolitions, evictions, arson and unemployment, I thought about the Lenape who used to live where I live in central Pennsylvania—but over the course of decades were pushed to reservations in Oklahoma.

The guns are different, the land is different, but the ideologies are the same. People with power—people like me—use any means to take what we want. We talk a good line about laws and rights, but deep down we’re selfish, and fearful. We’re afraid of strangers, afraid of scarcity, afraid of death, and we do everything in our power to keep those fears at bay.

September 23rd

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 23, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 23, 2015

Pray for the refugees and asylum seekers who continue to land on the Greek island of Lesvos.  Pray for the CPT Europe workers and all the international workers, Greeks and tourists who reach out in compassion to ease their suffering.

 

 *Epixel for Sunday,September 27, 2015 
 Guardian video featuring CPT Europe workers helping refugees     
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have
    escaped.

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:7-8 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings. 

September 21st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 11-17 September 2015

 

What Will We Tell the Principal?

 
Pictured here: Palestinian teachers are late for school, because soldiers are detaining them for ID checks in Hebron.  

(15/09/2015)

September 18th

MEDITERRANEAN: From the womb in exile to the tomb in exile


I have seen Mela Qadir, the Muslim priest of my home village, leading many funerals. “God has taken back your soul. When we leave now you are going to try to rise up and go back to your home, but the stones above you are going to prevent your head from rising up and you will realize that you are dead,” he said to the deceased, with his voice of authority, his edgeless mustache, his ironed Kurdish suit and his elegantly tied turban.

Mela Qadir guided everyone who died in my home village in this way, at the confusing point between this earthly life and eternity. He told all of them that two angels will come, that the grave becomes like a beautiful garden where the dead person can enjoy him-or herself until judgment day–if the person was a righteous person. If not, the walls of the grave would come together and he would feel the suffering he or she had caused other people a thousand-fold.

The dead persons in my home village had names. They had life stories, known to the people who attended their funerals. On this occasion, they shared stories about the dead persons’ childhood, goodness, who they were as fathers or mothers, how good they were at their work and how funny they were.

September 16th

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 16, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 16, 2016

Give thanks for another year of Christian Peacemaker Team-Palestine’s accompaniment of the Al-Saraya kindergarten children in Hebron’s Old City.  Give thanks for the lasting bonds and friendships that will develop.

 

 *Epixel for Sunday, September 20, 2015 

Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
 Mark 9:36-37
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

September 15th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 4 -11 September

 

Kindergarten accompaniment


Pictured here: A young student leads a train of kindergarteners to Al Sarayah Kindergarten. CPT Palestine has resumed our accompaniment program this year of walking fourteen kindergartners back and forth to school, as they must pass  military checkpoints and armed Israeli Border Police.

(09/09/2015)

September 14th

EUROPE: Why “prioritizing” Syrian refugees is a bad idea

 

A refugee boat arrives on the shores of Lesvos at the same time as a 
FRONTEX dinghy.                                             Photo: Ramyar Hassani

Since 2011, the bloody war in Syria has displaced millions of civilians to neighbouring countries and EU member states. Meanwhile there are other countries whose post-war situations have made life miserable for very large parts of their populations.

Since more than a year ago, European politicians have talked about prioritizing the Syrian refugees. However, the very high numbers of  Syrian refugees are people who were unable to make it to Europe “legally” due to intentionally harsh Western policies barring their entry. Around eight million Syrians are internally displaced, while another 3.75 million have gone to neighbouring countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.