Palestine: CPT Palestine plans new direction for its work

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17
October 2013
Palestine:
CPT Palestine plans new direction for its work


CPT’s
Palestine team will stay in Hebron, a microcosm of the Israeli
military occupation of Palestine, and make human rights promotion a
focus of its work, but plans to expand its work into new
peacebuilding enterprises over the next three years.

Most
full-time Palestine CPTers and several reservists gathered for a
five-day working retreat in Bethlehem from 9-15 October 2013 (Israeli
authorities denied Jonathan Brenneman entry into the country three
times on September 17, 24 and October 9, so he was not present).
 Under the guidance of professional facilitator Gerry
O’Sullivan
,
they produced a three-year strategic plan, in effect through the year
2016.

New
goals will include:

  • making
    plans for Palestinian national delegations, with a long-term
    objective of increasing the number of Palestinians on the team

  • becoming
    more deeply connected with Palestinian and Israeli partners and
    campaigns that are addressing the broader oppressive context under
    which Palestinians live

  • encouraging
    the creation of a “City of Nonviolence” in the H-2 area of
    Hebron that will be a model for other Palestinian areas supporting
    nonviolence

  • Working
    towards the organization of a civil society based on nonviolent 
    principles to prepare for a time when nonviolent actions increase in
    strength and frequency

  • providing
    a forum for Hebronites to discuss common challenges of the
    occupation

  • Providing
    nonviolence trainings for parents of schoolchildren who pass through
    checkpoints that CPT monitors, university students, and teachers

  • Developing
    an introductory programme based on Hebron’s context to transform
    how people look at conflict and to provide tools for addressing
    conflict

  • Providing
    nonviolence training for trainers

  • Researching
    and publicizing Israeli denial of entry for Palestinians and
    internationals

Tarek
Abuata, Palestine Project Support Coordinator notes, “CPT Palestine
continues to be committed to building equal transformative
partnerships with our Palestinian partners in Hebron, and we continue
to be committed to re-envisioning and giving our work new life
through our faith.”

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