Archive - Apr 27, 2011

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Benefactor will match all 25th anniversary donations up to $5000 this spring

Yes, friends, we need to do a little ā€œpreaching to the choir.ā€ Many of you are already convinced that CPT is doing good work. As we celebrate twenty-five years of disciplined, nonviolent peacemaking, we face the challenge of ensuring the financial foundation to go forward for the next twenty-five years.

CPT continues to have a large chorus of strong and faithful contributors. With gratitude, we look to you for the sustained melody of funds needed to support accompaniment of local peacemakers in Colombia, Iraq, Palestine, First Nations, and elsewhere as they wage nonviolent direct action against systems of violence and oppression. 

In December and January individual donations dropped $70,000 (U.S.): 7% of our annual budget. How might you be able to help CPT make up the shortfall and advance into the next quarter century?

Make an anniversary donation today for $25, $250, $2500 or more!  This spring, a generous donor will match your gift up to $5000! 

HEBRON: Israeli military invades Palestinian school

Around 10:50 a.m. on 21 April 2011, during the Jewish festival of Passover, CPTers received a call saying that Israeli soldiers had invaded the premises of Bin Tarek School.  Between 600-700 boys, aged fifteen through eighteen attend the school.

CPTers went immediately to the building, and saw a group of six Israeli soldiers at a street corner near the school. 

School staff welcomed the CPTers and members of TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron), who arrived at the same time.  The Head teacher played a video from a camera on a TV screen that showed soldiers in the school playground.  He also had on his desk two spent percussion grenades and a heavy chain that soldiers had cut.

Prayers for Peacemakers, Apr. 27, 2011



Pray for the Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron. Thousands are regularly locked behind gates for days at a time by Israeli authorities whenever Jews want to visit the city on their holy days.


Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada 

IRAQ UPDATE: March 2011


 Halabja Day of Remembrance
Halabja is the site of the 1988 chemical bombings by Saddam Hussein in which 5000 people died in a few minutes.  Thiessen, Van Hooogstraten, and Firla made a trip to the monument and cemetery in Halabja to prepare for the delegation on the day before Halabjaā€™s annual 16 March Remembrance Day.

The organizers of the Suleimaniya demonstrations asked the team to speak about this tragedy from the stage on the day of remembrance.  Team members stood together on the stage while Obed-Naar read a statement confessing that they and many from their countries had not paid attention to the tragedy when it happened.  She read, ā€œAnd we carry your voice.  We carry all the voices we have heard over these last four weeks in this Freedom Square.  We carry your voices out over the artificial borders that have been imposed on the Kurdish people.  We carry your cries for freedom and justice to the ears of all who will listen.  We hear you and you are not alone.ā€  TV news crews filmed the speech, and the team received many comments in later days about this contribution.

IRAQ: CPT delegation meets with organizers of Suleimaniya demonstrations


On Monday 11 April, the four of us from the CPT short-term delegation accompanied the CPT Iraq team to the central square in Suleimaniya to meet the demonstrators and the people organizing the demonstrations.

As soon as we entered the square, we were surrounded by twenty-thirty men of different ages. One of them started asking CPTer Michele Naar Obed, "Have CPT done the report that you were talking about? What are you doing to tell the world about what's happening here?"

HEBRON REFLECTION: Conversations with Israeli soldiers

Recently I realized I had not spoken with Israeli Jews very much throughout my three years in Hebron, Palestine.  I decided that in the spirit of nonviolent living, it was time for me to know soldiers more personally and hear their stories.  My first year in 2008 I thought of all the soldiers as coming from the same mold, but now, eight stints later, each uniformed young man and woman  equipped with an M-16 has a name:  Nadeem, Udi, Michael, Alex , Mya, etc.