Archive - Feb 2008

February 2nd

Hebron Update: 31 December 2007 – 14 January 2008

Wednesday 02 January

…When Benvie and Uhler picked up “Hani” (not his real name), an eight-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair, at the Ibrahimi Boys School to take him home, a teacher said that eight to ten soldiers broke into the school that morning during exams. He said they disrupted all the classes and insulted the teachers and headmaster in front of the students. The soldiers made the boys put their hands up. The little boys became afraid and some of them wet their pants. The soldiers said they saw an armed Palestinian policeman go into the school in the morning. The teacher said, “We ask God to give us patience.”

Saturday 12 January

…CPTers Benvie and Funk spent five hours along Wadi Al Nasara accompanying Palestinians. Settlers were harassing them and soldiers were ignoring them. In one instance, three settler boys came towards a Palestinian man. One of the boys spoke in Arabic and insulted the Prophet Mohammed, saying he was a pig. The man became angry and Benvie stepped between him and the boys. The man was able to go on his way. A soldier stood and watched, but did not offer any help or try to redress the boys’ conduct.

A group of eight to ten settler girls pulled Benvie from where she was standing and dragged her to the middle of road. They hit, pushed and kicked her until she fell down. A boy sprayed something in Funk’s face, making it difficult for him to see clearly. Throughout the attack, the soldier stood and watched what was happening. Eventually another soldier saw what the settler boys and girls were doing and moved forward to stop them.

February 1st

COLOMBIA REFLECTION: The rich and the pure

For most of us, “the poor” are a bunch of people who inhabit a world that we rarely venture into. They lack what we have and use illegal means to try obtaining some of our wealth. We are warned that if we wander into their world we may become a target for assault or robbery. So, as much as possible, we stay away. The other image that comes to mind is of a people in a distant land, starving with hunger, who need our help to survive. Whichever way we look at them, we tend to see their poverty before we see their humanity.



Pray for the Algonquin people as they resist intrusion by a uranium exploration company onto their unceded lands in Eastern Ontario. Government sponsored mediation talks are at a sensitive stage.