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Prayers for Peacemakers. 1 February 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 1 February 2017

In these dark times when hatred and racism are on the rise around the world, we invite you to build bridges to bring us closer to each other and to overthrow the walls that divide us by our faith, our race, our gender, and our migration status.

Let us pray that each of us can overcome the walls that separate us. Let us embrace our sisters and brothers of Muslim, Yezidi and other diverse identities, faiths and origin. Let us welcome all those who have had to leave their homes due to war. Let us pray for the hearts and minds of those who insist on dividing us to open wide.

Muslim and jew families

Photo Credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Chicago Tribune

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 24- January 30

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31 January 2017

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 24- January 30

 

It Rained

Pictured here: Local mosque worshipers leave Friday services via stepping stones because of deep water flowing in the street. A river of street water forms a lake in the Old Town. Israelis do not allow Palestinian workers to update the sewer system as it leaves the Old City to cross Shuhadah Street, which is off-limits to Palestinians. The Israeli Occupation inflicts one more "difficulty" on Old City Palestinians.
 
(January 27, 2017)

IRAQI KURDISTAN: The far rights got it all wrong.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: The far rights got it all wrong.

by Rezhiar Fakhir

No doubt reading the news nowadays makes you angry with the claims that far right leaders are making specifically Donald Trump. I have been confused, troubled and shocked hearing that the President of the United States has banned people from the Muslim world entering to the US. His allegation that it is to make the US safer by banning innocent people from the Middle East has puzzled me, it is as though he lives in a different world. What is even more appalling is that many people applaud him for what he is doing. He did not just ban people but he also stated that he is only going to accept Christians as they have been most prosecuted by Daesh (ISIS) in the Middle East. Well Mr. President, you are wrong. Everyone has suffered equally from ISIS regardless whether they were Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, non-believers or any other beliefs that did not match with Daesh’s ideology. I have reflected on the statements that he has made and I think it is important that people have a real picture of what is happening here, not what Trump is trying to feed to people.

However, this is not by any means to dismiss anyone or depict who has suffered most or who has suffered least from the wars that exists in the Middle East and specifically war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. I have had the benefit of meeting people from different corners of this region and worldwide due to the work that I am doing. Last summer we had a very diverse delegation coming to my region to learn about what was happening here. We visited one of the monasteries in the city of Sulaimani where the people working there have lived in Syria and fled to this city after the war started. 

Muslims praying at Dallas Airport

Photo credit: REUTERS/Laura Buckman.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 January 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 January 2017

Please pray for kak Awat Hassan and his family who CPT Iraqi Kurdistan accompanies day and night after members of the security forces have threatened to kill him. Kak Awat Hassan is a teacher and one of the main organizers of a strike that thousands of teachers have carried on since September 2016. They call on the ruling parties to deal with corruption and to resume payments of the teachers' and other employees' full salaries.

Please pray for the four members of CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team who experience exhaustion from the high stress situation as they engage in the full time accompaniment and advocacy work for safety of kak Awat and his family.

Please remember in your prayers the large numbers of civil rights activists, social leaders and journalists who are at high risk of detention, beatings, kidnappings or assassinations in Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia and around the world.

 

Kak Awat Hassan drinks tea and relfects on death threats against him

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 17- January 23

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 24 January 2017

 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos January 17- January 23

 

More Demolition Threats

Pictured here: South Hebron Hills (SHH) popular committee in At-Tuwani village invited some organizations to discuss the increase of demolitions in SHH. With villages recently demolished in the area, and others with upcoming court dates, the fear of demolition and settlement expansions are right at Palestinians door steps. A few days ago, Israeli forces destroyed a Palestinian village in the Negev called Um Al Hiran, see the video.
 
(January 21, 2017)