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October 21st, 2014
On 18 October, the Hebron Defense Committee organized a community
workday that celebrated the olive harvest and resisted the Israeli confiscation
of Palestinian land belonging to the town of Surif in the Hebron District,
which lies adjacent to the Separation Barrier/Apartheid Wall.
A month ago, Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of
4000 dunums [988 acres] around Surif.
The 18 October event gathered local and international activists in a
show of solidarity with the Palestinian farmers and also provided labor to help
the families with the olive picking.
Harvest time is now in full swing, and for Palestinian community
members, the olive trees âsymbolize life and existenceâ.
October 16th, 2014
Dear Friends and Supporters,
With your help, our Kurdish partner organizations Wadi and Alind raised over $2500 to help ninety Ezidi* families living in unfinished houses near Dohuk. Wadi and Alind used your money to purchase mattresses, blankets, and food for these families.
Two weeks ago, a delegation representing seven countries traveled with CPT to visit the ninety families. We talked with them, shared card games and tea, and observed how their situation has improved.
But these families still need your help. The rainy season has begun and as it gets colder here, the families need plastic sheeting to cover the unfinished sides of the houses. They told us that when it rains, the wind blows the cold rain into the houses, covering everything.
Please pass this message on to your friends, and ask them to donate through this link to help the ninety Ezidi families.
October 15th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, October 15, 2014
Pray for all who stand up for human rights in Colombia. The leading Colombian newspaper, El Espectador, says that aggressions against human rights defenders are up 170% from last year.
| Epixel* for Sunday, October 12, 2014|
JUDICIAL 9 OCT 2014 - 10:49 AM
En tercer trimestre
Aumentan en 170% agresiones a defensores de derechos humanos
Mientras que el nĂșmero de amenazas en el tercer trimestre de 2014 supone un incremento del 234 % con respecto al mismo perĂodo de 2013.
|For [The Lord] is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth. Psalm 96: 13b|
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.|
October 13th, 2014
On 12 October 2014, Israeli soldiers threatened two
Palestinian boysâages six and thirteenâwith arrest, charging them with throwing
The Headmaster of Mutanabi School was able to convince the
soldiers not to arrest the six and thirteen year old, telling the soldiers he
would contact the DCO (The liaison between the Palestinian police and the
However, Israeli soldiers arrested a third boy, age ten,
outside of his home as he was playing on his bike, put him in their military
jeep and took him away. The
military later released him to the Palestinian Authority police and returned
him to his parents.
An army commander
recently threatened to close Mutanabi School if boys threw one more stone.
|6 year old boy||13 year old boy||10 year old boy|
October 11th, 2014
|CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Delegation visits Ezidi|
shrine at Lalish
Although it is very difficult to pin down the exact numbers of the humanitarian
crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan, an estimated three million people there have been
internally displaced by the Syrian conflict, ISIS (called DAESH/DAASH by the
locals) and earlier by the US invasion of Iraq. We began to get a grasp of its scale as we visited the UNHCR
camps and encountered the refugees and IDPs spread around the edges of many
cities, listening to their often horrific personal stories. I remember a girl, Aasema, physically
demonstrating what had happened to her family. I will never forget how she held up her two tiny fingers,
her "Aunts," her fearful whisper, "Daesh...â and her re-enacting
how they got captured and carried away.
I also won't forget the hospitality offered by Edris, who survived the
massacre of his village, and his expressing the most profound gratitude for
everyone who had helped him.