Archive - Nov 4, 2008

GAZA: "Nam, Nehnu Nastatyeh!" is Arabic for "Yes, We Can!"

This morning, I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India.  This morning, I marched in Selma; I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall.  This morning I became a Freedom Rider.

Today’s Freedom Riders are sailing small boats into the Gaza Strip in open defiance of the Israeli Occupation and blockade.  This morning, I arrived in Gaza aboard the SS Dignity, part of a Free Gaza Movement delegation of twenty seven doctors, lawyers, teachers, and human rights activists from across the world, including Mairead Maguire—the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

IRAQ: CPTers asked to raise the voices of Kurdish IDPs

Members of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraqi Kurdistan visited an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp near Zharawa on 31 October 2008 and saw fifty families from nine surrounding villages living under deplorable conditions.  The families had to flee their villages because of aerial bombardment and shelling by Turkish planes from the north and Iranian missiles from the west.  CPTers heard bombs in the distance while visiting the camp.