Archive - Feb 2008

February 29th

KINGSTON, ON: CPT to join public 1 March witness supporting First Nations' struggle against Uranium mining.

Christian Peacemaker Teams will participate in a public witness of solidarity through downtown Kingston, ON on Saturday, 1 March 2008 at 2:30 P.M. commencing at the Frontenac County Court House. The witness is in honour of Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations who are resisting uranium exploration on their traditional lands and Ardoch political prisoner Bob Lovelace. Participants will lament the actions of the Ontario court that shackle and mock values of justice, aboriginal rights, and the integrity of creation and will advocate action to change Ontario’s way of relating to Aboriginal Peoples.

HEBRON: Second and Third Stations of the Cross—Jesus takes up his cross and falls under its weight

or forty years, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have born the cross of military occupation.  Palestinians have lost their land, their homes, their olive trees, their cultural traditions, and their lives.  Throughout these forty years, people around the world, especially Christian Zionists, have offered their unconditional support to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  Because the support our governments offer the state of Israel, we are complicit in the suffering of the Palestinian people.

February 28th

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Heroes of the South Hebron Hills

You won't see these shepherds and farmers from Tuba and Mughayir Al Abeed in their in red keffiyehs and mud-stained boots on the evening news. But while Israeli politicians ignore the activities of extremist Israeli settlers, these Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills are successfully resisting settlement expansion without violence.

February 27th

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, Wed., Feb. 27, 2008

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, Wed., Feb. 27,

Robert Lovelace, Chief Negotiator for the Ardoch Algonquins, has just been jailed six months for resisting uranium exploration on Algonquin land. Pray that the Ontario government will release him and honour their duty to consult with indigenous peoples.

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Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

Author of AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?

The CPTnet editor regrets not including the name of Art Gish as the author of

"AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?"

PERTH, ON: "Land is life"--Ardoch Algonquin meet with legislators

At a meeting of eleven people – a mixture of Ardoch Algonquin community and 'settler' neighbour allies, with MP (Member of Parliament) Scott Reid and MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) Randy Hillier, in Perth, Ontario, I received some insights into why Aboriginal peoples go to great lengths to protect their land.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Is there peace now?

Right after the big meeting in Annapolis, Md., 27 November 2007, I returned to the Middle East for three months of work with Christian Peacemaker Teams. I have been viewing that meeting and President Bush’s recent trip to the Middle East from the perspective of what I see happening in Israel/Palestine. So far, I have not seen one step taken by government authorities here toward peace.

February 26th

AT-TUWANI: Nonviolent demonstration against roadblock to occur this week

On 6 February 2008, the Israeli military blocked the road near At-Tuwani, using concrete slabs and earth mounds. The road provides the only vehicle access for people in the South Hebron Hills to travel to and from the city of Yatta, which serves as the economic hub for the entire region. This Friday, 29 February, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills are planning a demonstration against the roadblock just off Route 317.

February 25th

HEBRON REFLECTION: Snow


For days as I walked through the market last month, the Palestinians told me that snow was coming. Beautiful snow eventually covered the hills, homes, and the streets of Hebron. Palestinians, Israeli settlers, and CPTers were snowbound in their homes. Normal snow-related events happened like they do back home: cancelled meetings, stranded travelers, snow shoveling and the delightful sounds of children playing in the snow.

THE PHILIPPINES: CPT delegation issues statement against continuing U.S. military use of the Philippines for "War on Terror"


On Wednesday, 20 February 2008, North American and Filipino members of a delegation sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) joined about 100 other people at a prayer rally protesting the continued presence the U.S. military in the Philippines. The delegation issued the following statement outside the library of Olongapo City National High School: