Archive - Aug 17, 2011

Prayers for Peacemakers, Aug. 17, 2011


Pray for Palestinians seeking shelter in their own land. Israeli occupation forces continue to deny Palestinians the right to build houses while approving new housing for Israelis on stolen Palestinian land.

Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Chicago, USA 

PALESTINE REFLECTION: The clarity of thirteen-year-olds

by Mel Southworth

A couple months ago, I gave a presentation to a grade eight English class, on the work of CPT and the Israel/Palestine conflict.  I tried to describe the situation there in a way they could relate to using the following scenario:

One year ago, a boy brought a knife to school and immediately after the incident, the principal released a statement to the media that he would increase security measures at the school.  Days later, the school administration decreed that all boys must go through a newly installed metal detector before they could enter the school building. Today, the screening process can take up to three hours; school starts at eight oā€™clock.  Girls do not have to go through the detector; they can enter through the back.  The administration also mandated that boys and girls must attend separate classes and if a girl is suspicious of a boy, she is allowed to request that a teacher search him for weapons.