Archive - Aug 31, 2011

Prayers for Peacemakers, Aug. 31, 2011


Pray for the Kurdish people of northern Iraq. Turkey has now begun bombing runs into their territory with several killed and hundreds displaced already. Meanwhile Iran continues to shell the Kurds in north-eastern Iraq.

Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Six children detained by Israeli soldiers during first day of Eid al-Fitr

At 4:00 p.m. on 30 August 2011, Israeli soldiers detained six boys, ages five to nine, in Hebron’s Old City under the suspicion of intending to harm the soldiers with their toy guns.  The soldiers brought the children to the military compound at Bab il Baladiyye by the entrance of the old city.  

Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams observed as the soldiers detained the children for forty minutes before releasing them.  At one point the soldiers brought them into the compound to have their toy guns examined by military police officers.  This investigation took place just a couple of hours after the soldiers entered the souq (Old City market area) and held several groups of young boys based on the same suspicion.