Archive - Jun 2011

June 30th

U.S./CANADA: The CPT Boutique awaits your tax-deductible valuables!

An antique sapphire and diamond pin brought in $150.  Brass pineapple candleholders brought in $18.  A child’s Ethiopian dress brought in $40.  A 1927 edition of Winnie the Pooh brought in $35.  A Paragon bone china cup and saucer from the 1940s brought in $20.  Some 1854 stamps from India brought in $60.

All of these items were donated by CPT supporters over the last year to the CPT Boutique—one less material thing in their lives meant a little more money to support CPT’s work in the Middle East and the Americas.

June 29th



Pray for the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake. The Canadian Government has imposed a Band of Council without the community’s consent. This Band of Council is making deals with corporations to exploit the natural resources that are in the traditional territory of the community.


IRAQ: Lawyer shot and injured in Suleimaniya, Iraq



At 11:20 p.m. on 26 June 2011, an unknown man shot lawyer Karwan Kamal in his foot, breaking two bones, as Kamal was paying for parking.

 Kamal told CPTers, "When I was paying the money, I suddenly felt pain in my leg.  I fell and saw a man with traditional Kurdish clothes aiming at my head with a handgun.  I jumped over a low wall to protect myself."  He said the armed man shot five bullets and left in a private car close by.

June 28th

AT-TUWANI: Masked Israeli settlers attack Palestinian shepherds in Meshaha Valley

 On 25 June 2011, eleven Israeli settlers armed with stones and knives attacked Shaadi Muhamari and his brother Kamal Muhamari as they grazed their sheep in Meshaha Valley, next to the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani.  The attack occurred around 10:00 a.m.

According to Shaadi Muhamari, the settlers came down from the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on.  Some of the settlers were masked as they ran toward the shepherds throwing stones, yelling blasphemies against Islam, and saying that internationals were now not present to protect them.  A settler attacked Shaadi Muhamri’s donkey with a knife, and when he attempted to stop the attacker and protect his donkey, settlers hit him with stones in the back and torso.  The attack left Shaadi Muhamari with bruises and welts on his back.

June 27th

COLOMBIA REFLECTION: From the center to the margins

 In the beginning of his Gospel, Mark lays the foundation of Jesus' mission to show the disciples and us a new way to salvation.  At that time, the Temple served as the center of Jewish life, the place where the economic transactions and social and religious rituals were supposed to sustain the community.  However, often these transactions and rituals benefited only those in power and oppressed the poor.  When Jesus arrives on the scene from a small town in Palestine he doesn't go to the Temple.  Instead, he meets up with John the Baptist in the wilderness.  Here is where he starts his mission.   

June 24th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Settlers burn land adjacent to outpost

On 8 June 2011, fire burned twenty to thirty dunums (4 dunums equal about 1 acre) of a fifty dunum plot of land owned by five different  Palestinian families,  who grew fruit trees and other garden produce on it.  One of the property owners reported to CPTers Paulette Schroeder, Jessie Smith, Laurens van Esch, and Esther Mae Hinshaw that the fire was set by settlers who live in a Kiryat Arba settlement outpost adjacent to the burned trees and field.  When the CPTers arrived on the scene, an Israeli fire truck was spraying water on the surrounding land.  The property owner reported that a Palestinian fire truck had put out the fire.  One of the owners, who has a shop near the CPT apartment, had alerted the CPTers.

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June 23rd



Post-Protest situation
Mr. K told CPTers that since the crackdown on demonstrations in Suleimaniya, Kurdish security forces had been abducting and beating protesters and journalists.  He said the biggest problem now is not the presence of a greater number of security forces, but that people are feeling scared, intimidated, discouraged, and helpless.  When the young people see the forces in the square and market, he said, they understand what the Kurdish people experienced under Saddam Hussein.

June 22nd



Pray for the Palestinian farmers of Beit Ummar. Encroachment of Israeli settlements onto their land, and incidents of harassment such as the recent destruction of 21 grape vines, make it increasingly difficult for them to tend their orchards and vineyards. 

June 21st

COLOMBIA: Maybe you shouldn't join our CPT July delegation (but apply immediately if you should)


Maybe you shouldn't join the Christian Peacemaker Team delegation to northeast AntioquĂ­a.  Maybe you are like those activists I met during my speaking tour in Canada, whom I admire because they are actively in solidarity with Colombians resisting oppression and violence without ever even having met any of them.  If you are such a person, there is probably no good reason for you to spend money and contribute to global warming by taking a flight to Colombia to join a delegation.  Your energy and commitment are needed to do work in your home countries on behalf of victims of violence and neo-colonialism in Colombia. 

Speaking for myself, I need to be here in order not to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem.  I know the statistics, and understand the root of the problem: the violent dispossession and displacement of peoples from their traditional territory in order to pave the way for the looting of resources by lumber, oil, agro-industrial, bio-fuel and other corporate interests.  But in my case, the cerebral understanding of the problem only depresses me, and I end up feeling overwhelmed and powerless.  For me, it is my personal relationships with the victims and witnessing their tireless and courageous struggle for justice in the face of incredible odds and that keep me going. 

June 20th

ARTAS: Roof destroyed on Palestinian farmer’s summer home

On 17 May 2011, vandals, whom local Palestinians assumed to be settlers from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, destroyed the roof on an agricultural home belonging to the family of Mohammed Saleh Abu Swai.  In the summer, Palestinian farmers often sleep in stone houses out in their fields.  Abu Swai had come out to his olive orchard two days earlier to fertilize his trees and put the roof on the house.  When he returned, he saw that the planks he had laid across his house were broken and up-ended.