al-Khalil (Hebron)

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 25, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 25, 2015 

Please pray for all the children trying to receive an education in Hebron as they are entitled to do under the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

*Epixel for Sunday, November 29, 2015 

See also video of Israeli military raid on Palestinian elementary School in Hebron:

Palestinian schoolgirl overcome by Israeli military teargas fumes in Hebron

 Note:  This lectionary reading is from the First Sunday in Advent.  We offer these images, and these words without comment and with prayer.

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."  Jeremiah 33: 14-16

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

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 13-19 November 2015


Illegal Arrests 

Soldiers arrested two brothers, ages 10 and 11,  from their home, allegedly for stone-throwing. Under Israeli Military law, no child under the age of 12 can be arrested. Additionally, when taken behind the gate at Bab-il-Balediyya, the Israeli military did not allow their father to accompany them, further violating their rights and protections as children. The 11-year-old was released within a half hour. The ten-year-old was taken away in a military jeep.


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 November 2015

Collective Punishment

Pictured here: A woman making her way towards Qitoun checkpoint covers her mouth to keep from breathing in the fumes of the tear gas Israeli Border Police fired in response to a collection of children throwing stones at the checkpoint they are forced to pass through every day. The relentless use of tear gas daily at school time in Hebron impacts everyone who lives in the area in which it is fired. 



CHICAGO: CPTers join protest calling for living wage, racial equality


Activists from Chicago and all across the United States held protests calling for a fair, fifteen-dollar national minimum wage on Tuesday, November 10.  

But for those at the protest, the low wages that keep many families in poverty is just one component of the structural racism within the United States.  

"This isn't just about money. This is about justice. This is about the black community. The brown community," said one of the protesters that asked not to be named. "This is about black lives, about police brutality, and about Rekia."  

Rekia Boyd was a twenty-year-old whom police officer Dante Servin shot and killed three years ago.  The protesters marched and demanded that Dante Servin face justice. 

Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine team showed up in solidarity for the protest.   Currently in Hebron, dozens of people have died at the hand of the Israeli military in what Amnesty International has termed “extrajudicial executions.” Israeli leaders currently serving in the government speak of Palestinians and other non-Jews inegregiously racist terms, justifying violence against them. 

"We came out today because CPT understands that violence is rooted in oppression and that through our work we have to work on all forms of oppressions including an unfair wage that is rooted racism," said field worker Cody O'Rourke. "And it is through this coalition building that we have witnessed tangible changes being made across the movement that is calling for justice across Israel/Palestine."  

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): The stench of Occupation -- Israeli military uses Skunk water against children

Israeli forces sprayed skunk water on children, homes and streets in the Qitoun neighbourhood of Hebron on two school days in the first week of November. On one of those days, a Hebron settler arrived shortly before the event, prepared to film this foul smelling act of repression. See videos here and here, and photos here.

Odortec, the Israeli company that created skunk water, advertises that “the overpowering odour of the Skunk drives rioters away” and that it “can be sprayed over a large area using a standard water cannon.” Bizarrely, Odortec even claims that this vomit-inducing substance, which smells of a mixture of decomposing animal carcass and raw sewage, is “100% eco-friendly,” “organic,” and “perfectly safe to consume.”

Regardless of whether or not skunk water is indeed “perfectly safe to consume,” The Israeli military’s use of it implies that they view Palestinian schoolchildren as ‘rioters.’

This policy of ‘driving’ Palestinians schoolchildren away is also made clear in the Israeli military’s relentless use of teargas at school time, shown in these videos here and here, shot in the same week as the video links above.

The Israeli state stands by the ‘morality’ of skunk water, legitimising its use as ‘non-lethal crowd control,’ supposedly minimizing “the necessity for the use of live ammunition.”

However, when did it become ‘normal’ for soldiers to regard children heading to school school as a crowd for controlling? In what other context does a state that is purportedly democratic celebrate not using live ammunition on children walking to school?

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): “Come out Hebron!” A CPT delegate reflects on her experience in Hebron


Palestinians waiting to go through Ibrahimi Mosque 

As we are coming out of the Ibrahimi mosque where the tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah are located, two young Palestinian women from Abu Dis were coming to pray. An Israeli soldier pointed a gun at one of the girl’s heads and she said “Don’t shoot me! Don’t shoot me!” Muslim guards intervened and the Border Police arrested them for interference. They also arrested the young women, tying their hands behind their back and blindfolding them. 

 Arrested for wanting to pray. Our Palestinian guide says, “It is bad when we are thankful for two girls being arrested, because at least they have not been killed.” We are told we cannot go back through the checkpoint where all this is going on. The IDF does not want us to see them arresting innocent young women. 

Just as Lazarus came out of the tomb with his grave clothes still on, the Palestinians of Hebron need the tight bands of military occupation and settler violence removed.  Israeli soldiers and settlers are murdering them and the victims are mostly young people.  One of CPT’s longest friends and partners died of tear gas inhalation two weeks ago.  The settlers rampage through Palestinian homes and shops.  They beat Palestinians and kill them with no consequences.   

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 4, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 4, 2015 

Give thanks for the ten new Peacemakers who have successfully completed the 2015 Christian Peacemaker Teams training.  Pray that the Creator will work within them to give them the strength and courage they will need to do the difficult and rewarding work of peacebuilding with our partners in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine and Indigenous communities.

CHICAGO:CPT trainees join coordinated witnesses against state brutality in Chicago and Palestine


Black Youth Project 100 leader Charlene Carruthers
(center, seated) reminds her comrades that they are 
there because the Chicago mayor wants to allocate an
additional $200 million to the Chicago Police Dept. 

Where does the money go? This question was just one of the the common themes in the coordinated actions of the Chicago chapters of Black Lives Matter and Jewish Voice for Peace coordinated on the weekend of 24-25 October 2015.  CPTers in the middle of a month long training attended the events, employing their public witness, human rights documentation, and nonviolent direct action support skills. Other CPTers from the administrative team and field teams also participated. 

On 24 October marches to stop police brutality rocked the entire United States, making visible the lives stolen by state violence (one African-American dies every 28 hours at the hands of police or Correctional Officer in the US).  In Chicago, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) met at the convention center. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had invited them to learn from Chicago Police Department (CPD).  The CPD is notorious for corruption; recently victims of systemic Chicago police torture won a precedent-setting reparations payout. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 23, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 23, 2015

Pray for the people of Palestine and Israel, especially for the truth-tellers, human rights defenders and peacemakers who are under assault by the forces of the Israeli military occupation.

*Epixel for Sunday, October 25, 2015 

Hebron settler posters calling for violence against human rights activists
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Psalm 34:19-22
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