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July 28th, 2014
| ||Israeli soldiers monitor Friday Ramadan Prayers|
The streets of Hebron were unusually quiet on the 26th night of Ramadan. These are the final days of holiest time of the year in Islam. As we stood at the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque we noticed that the numbers of worshippers were significantly down from a year ago. A year ago we also saw more venders selling falafels, pastries, corn, tea, coffee, juice, ice cream and kabobs. A year ago so many people flowed through the streets of Hebronâ€™s Old City to attend the Mosque services or to shop, that walking was difficult.
This year, perhaps out of fear, people were at home watching the news on TV. (We heard that in Jerusalem there are fewer numbers also on the streets of and worshipping in the mosques this month.) At Bab iZawya on this night, we found a small crowd of young and middle aged men who had showed up even though no demonstration had been called for that scheduled. At 2:00 a.m., they were still standing around, looking as though they were waiting for something to happen. Every now and then, a boy threw a stone and ducked for cover.
July 26th, 2014
Children and teenagers sat in the back of pick-up trucks, amidst bundles of clothing and household items. Parents holding babies looked worried and tired. Other families sat on blankets in temporary shelters out of the hot sun, waiting for the authorities to process their papers or for the person sponsoring them to meet them at the checkpoint and escort them into the area of Iraq controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). They had all fled their homes because of ISISâ€™ takeover of their communities.
We were at the first checkpoint for those seeking to enter the Erbil Governorates. Though only about twenty km east of ISIS-controlled territory, the people coming through were now in a relatively safe area protected by the Peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers).
July 25th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers July 25, 2014
Pray for the civilians of Gaza who have no safe shelter from Israeli bombs and that all attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians will cease. Pray that those who care about human rights will be heard over the hatemongers. Pray that a ceasefire will include a real effort to address the root causes of the violence in Israel and Palestine.
|Epixel* for July 27, 2014|
As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered." Romans 8:36 (Ps. 44:22)
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches,
related to and appearing with a
text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.
July 24th, 2014
Jews, Muslims, Christians, and people of conscience have begun a continuous three-day vigil outside the Israeli Consulate in downtown Toronto. Starting at 9:00 a.m. this morning, 24 July, the vigil will continue until the afternoon of Saturday, 26 July, 2014.
| ||Ursula Franklin|
The vigil condemns the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, the seven-year blockade of Gaza and Canadian complicity in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. It is calling for the immediate cessation of the Israelâ€™s assault on Gaza, now in its sixteenth day.
Canadian Jewish Holocaust survivor Ursula Franklin, when speaking against Israelâ€™s 2009 attack on Gaza, said â€śNever Againâ€ť means â€śnever again for all people.â€ť
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has recently described Israeli policies as an â€śincremental genocide.â€ť
Concerned that Israel may be in violation of international law, Amnesty International is calling for an international investigation into the conduct of Israeli forces. In the course of its offensive, Israel has targeted hospitals and civilian homes.
Christian Peacemaker Teams members will be maintaining a continuous presence at the vigil.
July 21st, 2014
|20 July 2014 Twitter @NasserBI|
On Sunday, 20 July 2014, Hebronâ€™s Youth Against Settlements,
call for a demonstration in Bab i-Zawiya to protest the ongoing military action in Gaza and the escalating ground
offensive by Israeli troops. Cities all over the world held similar demonstrations condemning
Israeli actions in Gaza. Hundreds showed up for the Hebron protest. It began at about 9:00 p.m. and was
still going strong at 2:00 a.m.
Police responded to the demonstrators with live bullets,
hitting at least two people, sound bombs, and tear gas in a running battle. Some of the participants in the
demonstration fought back with rocks, fireworks, burning tires, and slingshots. Ambulances and medical technicians went
back and forth to the hospital for hours, transporting the injured.
Someone who did not want to be identified lamented, â€śWhat are Palestinians to do?â€ť he said,
â€śWe have no basic citizenship rights.
We have no basic protection guaranteed by the state. Our status as
citizens has been clearly defined. We are not citizens. There is little or no
protection from Israel, and the unrestrained among Palestinians may even create
problems for the rest of us.â€ť