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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT – Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps

March 2, 2017
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT – Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps 



Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps.  Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!  

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have completed, or plan to complete, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship.  Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from 13 July – 13 August 2017 in Chicago, Illinois USA where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.  Trained Peacemaker Corps members are then eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.  

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.  We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.  We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.   

CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 March 2017; direct any questions and send complete application to

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018   Palestine


Pray for the people of Hebron who are remembering the mass shooting in the Il Ibrahimi mosque by settler Baruch Goldstein this week.  Twenty-four years after he sprayed men and boys at prayer with automatic weapons fire, the people of Hebron’s Old City, who had loved ones murdered on that day and family members permanently disabled, have seen their home increasingly turned into a prison by the Israeli authorities.  These apartheid restrictions show the children of Hebron’s Old City every day that settler lives are worthy of protection and Palestinian lives are disposable.

Check out CPT-Palestine’s school semester report August 2017-January 2018, for more insight into the lives of children in Hebron’s Old City.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 23-29 January 2018

Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Pictured here: This 12-year-old boy was physically assaulted by Israeli soldiers resulting in bruising and abrasions on the right side of his face. Prior to his attack, fifty soldiers spread out through neighbourhoods of Qitoun and Salayme invading homes and the Ibrahimiyye School looking for this one child. Why did the Israeli military do this? Because this boy had the audacity to climb a fence that imprisons him and separates him not only from a Jewish only street but from other Palestinian neighbourhoods.


Prayer for Peacemakers, 24 January 2017 Palestine

Prayer for Peacemakers, 24 January 2017           Palestine


Pray for peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms.  Pray for the same peace within those working to make Palestine a better place and within ourselves.

In Palestine, there is an endless cycle of violence since early December when the USA administration declared the undivided city of Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Adults and children are arrested or detained and subjected to punishment and torture by the forces of Israeli occupation.  The Israeli military breaks up peaceful demonstrations and protests with teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition. Schools will soon reopen after the semester break, and children will once again face the fear and humiliation of going through checkpoints to get to school, uncertain whether soldiers will search their bags or close the checkpoints, making them late for classes. Bedouin communities in the South Hebron Hills are facing the demolition of their homes by the Israeli authorities.

We are invited to pray for Peace in this land, and for the people subject to violence in its many forms. We also remember to pray for this same peace within ourselves, keeping in mind what Deng Ming Dao said,

“Only when peace lives within each of us, will it live outside of us. We must be the wombs for a new harmony”

So we pray:

Dear God, we give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy inspiration and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging. Let us search for these places: in the world, in ourselves and in others. Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom. Amen

-Michael Leunig

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos 9-15 January 2018


Budding Workers 

Pictured here: Young kids joyfully help to collect stones for the house construction in Umm al-Khair.

PALESTINE: Tent of Nations--hope in the hills of Bethlehem


One hundred acres of bountiful vineyards, orchards, and olive groves sprawl over the beautiful rolling hills outside of Bethlehem. The Nassar family have been living and working this land just outside of Bethlehem since 1916, when Daher Nassar bought 100-acres from the Ottomans who were the ruling power at the time. They lived in several of the natural caves in the area and Daher’s grandson Daoud recounted stories of growing up in the traditional Bedouin lifestyle that cherishes the deep connection humanity has with the earth. He said that whenever the younger generation would argue for building modern houses instead of living in the caves his grandfather would simply say, “We live in the earth for we come from the earth.”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 26 December-1 January 2017


A Child's Testimony

Pictured here: Fawzi al-Jundeidi, 16-years-old, was taken from a street near Bab iZaweyeh during an attack by the Israeli soldiers. Fawzi ran away as soldiers fired tear gas, was then ambushed by soldiers who were hiding. The soldiers him him in the chest with the butt of a gun at least five times, breaking his ribs in the upper part of his chest. Fawzi recounted later that he saw at least fifteen soldiers before they blindfolded, handcuffed him and beat him again, though photos show that at least twenty-three soldiers surrounded him and dragged him to Checkpoint 56 along with other detainees. Inside the checkpoint, soldiers beat the detainees' hands and legs and poured cold water on Fawzi, then forced him to sit in a puddle in the corner. He was taken to two different police stations, where he was further interrogated and forced to sit on the ground. Israeli authorities examined him, noticed his battered condition but refused to admit him to a hospital. He was taken to Ofer prison in Ramallah. A judge ordered medical treatment, though the soldiers guarding him did not take him for treatment for at least four days. Fawzi was released on bail late at night on 27 December 2017, taken to the hospital, and then brought back to his family in al-Khalil. Four soldiers falsely testified that Fawzi threw stones, though three of them have withdrawn their testimony. He will have another court hearing in the beginning of January. The details of this report were recounted by Fawzi to CPT on the day of his release.


AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 19-25 December 2017



Pictured here: Two women carry Palestinian flags in a demonstration that started from the al-Hussein Mosque and marched through al-Khalil to Checkpoint 56, which blocks access for Palestinians to Shuhada Street and the neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Pray for the Palestinian people who have faced Israeli military suppression and violence during nonviolent protests of the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli occupation forces have drastically increased their campaign of collective punishment through mass arrests. They have detained more than 350 Palestinians since U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.  Many of those taken have been violently beaten during their arrests; many are now imprisoned for practicing their rights and speaking out about their suffering. Israeli forces have murdered eleven Palestinians in the last two weeks and injured at least 3,000. These numbers impact not only those who have been arrested, injured, or killed, but also their families and communities. 

We ask you to send your prayers, love, and strength to those who continue to resist Israel’s occupation. Pray that Palestine will one day be free from military occupation and violence underwritten by U.S. tax dollars.  We ask also that you act for a lasting peace by speaking out about the injustice in Palestine to your community, calling your elected officials, and boycotting companies that benefit from the occupation.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos December 5-11, 2017

A week of occupation in photos: December 5 - December 11
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Many Voices, One Cause

Pictured here: Palestinians from numerous political parties gathered in large numbers in al-Khalil to non violently protest the U.S. Administration's contentious recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Similar protests have been organised in many cities across the globe in support of Palestine. 


Excessive Use of Force

Pictured here: Over the last several days, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) have invaded Palestinian controlled H1 in al-Khalil on a daily basis. They forcibly close shops during business hours and violently drive the general public out of the streets. The IOF uses excessive force such as stun grenades, live ammunition, rubber bullets, and blinding tear gas as seen in this photo. The presence of the military in Palestinian Authority-controlled H1 is provocative and creates a hostile environment.