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Prayers for Peacemakers. 10 May 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 10 May 2017

On the first day of May most countries commemorate the International Worker's Day or the Labor Day. Millions of people take to the streets and march for their rights. They demand better and just conditions to carry out their jobs. 

When we sit at the table, when we get dressed, when we go to bed, when we go to our places of study, work or worship, when we buy food, when we feel sick and need a doctor, even when we make banners for a protest... Many people have worked hard to make these activities possible. And how many of them have been exploited, abused or forced by people or circumstances to do it?

Let us pray for each and every worker on this planet. Let us pray for respectful and just conditions for all to carry out their work activities. Let us pray, and work for change, for a fair wage and for the end of all forms of slavery. Let us pray for all mothers to be able to receive adequate maternity leave. Let us pray for all children so that they can enjoy their childhood instead of exploitative work. Let us pray for both women and men so they can receive equal salary for same work and thus overcome the economic gap.

Psalm 128:2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Misael Payares, a leader of the farming community of Las Pavas' nonviolent resistance

Misael Payares, a leader of the farming community of Las Pavas' nonviolent resistance. Photo credit: CPT Colombia.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

 
 

Sheep Shearing

 
Pictured here: Sheikh Suleiman shears one of his flock early Tuesday morning.  The Bedouin community of Umm al-Khair is a nomadic people from the South Hebron Hills that have been systematically displaced for decades.  Over the past few years, the community has suffered dozens of house demolitions by the Israeli forces.  The community has expressed on their facebook pagethat "the sad thing about this is that the residents are woken every day with the possibility that the civil administration will demolish their homes.  What is even more tragic is that the children of Khirbet Umm al-Khair will be homeless again". 

(April 25, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

 
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Segregated Traffic

 
Pictured here: Israeli Border Police hold up several vehicles at Bab Al-Baladiyeh to ID check and search the cars and passengers.  Any vehicle is considered suspicious and subject to searches, especially those with Israeli license plates as they are assumed to be stolen. The colour-coded license plates (green for Palestinian's, white for Israeli's) which determine where you can and cannot drive, are just another indicator of apartheid. 

(April 17, 2017)

PALESTINE: Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

CPTnet

25 April 2017

Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

by Timothy Wotring

I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT organized their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. It just so happened to coincide with my Spring break and I decided to travel halfway around the world, instead of resting from my other part-time jobs.

When we landed in Tel Aviv, I prepared to be questioned. My first encounter was with an Israeli soldier. He asked me the standard questions of who, what, when, where, why of my time in Israel. I passed the test and finally made it to passport control. There, an officer asked me the same basic questions but this time more directly about my time in Iraqi Kurdistan, which was actually my first delegation with CPT last May. Unimpressed with my answer, he sent me to a separate room with a few others who apparently had red flags about their passports as well. 

About 10 minutes in, an Israeli Security Force agent called me our for questioning. She first handed me a sheet that looked like this:

 security sheet

I filled it out and she asked about where I worked, organizations I financially support, if I have ever protested, if I give to organizations who support BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), and other pointed questions about where I was staying on my visit. Finally, she requested to see my phone, searched through my emails, contacts, Facebook, and text messages, and asked if I knew Arabic.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

In the last three months the government of the United States of America bombed Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. Tensions in the Middle East, Russia, North Korea and around the world escalate rapidly. The numbers of killed civilians grow everyday. We need to do something! 

Last weekend, the Christian community celebrated Easter: Jesus has risen defeating death. Following the example of Jesus, let us arise and take action for peace and to stop death. Let us support or take part in peacemaking initiatives and organizations. Let us advocate for all who seek refuge from bombs. Let us pray for all who suffer in the wars in Syria and other countries. Let us pray for each one of us and that our creativity and strength would persist.

bombing hurts please stop

Galatians 6: 7-9

A person harvests whatever he plants: The person who sows through human means will harvest decay from human means, but the person who sows in the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 11 - 17

A week of occupation in photos: April 11 - 17
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Militarized Passover

 
Pictured here: Thousands of Jewish settlers and tourists came to Al Khalil/Hebron last week to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover and with them a heavily increased military presence. A Palestinian girl walks to the Al Fayhaa Girls School, located on the right just inside that orange door, while hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police patrol the area in jeeps and tanks.   

(April 12, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 28 - April 3

A week of occupation in photos: March 28 - April 3
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Land Day Demonstration

 
Pictured here: The "Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron" Campaign planted olive trees to mark the 41st anniversary of Land Day; a day to commemorate deadly clashes in 1976 over discriminatory Israeli policies against Arab citizens.

 (March 30, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 21 - 27

A week of occupation in photos: March 21 - 27
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Stopped

 
Pictured here:  Palestinians, including children and a differently abled teenager were stopped, detained and IDed on their way to work and school by Israeli soldiers. 

 (March 21, 2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 March 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers 23 March 2017

This week in Prayers for Peacemakers we lift up a prayer of great thanksgiving for a successful Sabeel conference two weeks ago, and Steering Committee meetings, last week. Paraphrasing Psalm 133:1, "How good and pleasant it is when teammates sit together in unity!" Sabeel, an ecumenical center for liberation theology in Jerusalem, is a partner of Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine. Together in unity, we affirm the prophetic call of the Gospel to renounce violence and dominative power. 

We also give thanks that Steering Committee meetings took place in Hebron so that board members who could travel here had the chance to meet teammates and participate in the work of the Palestine team on-the-ground. With the context in mind they deliberated over matters in order to build an organizational culture of justice, inclusion, mutual respect and welcome (CPT Faith Identity statement). We thank God for this good and pleasant opportunity to be together, even in the intensity of the context of Israeli military occupation.

CPT Reservist, Administrative Staff, and Steering Committee members

CPT Reservists, Administrative staff, and Steering Committee members from 5 countries joined the Sabeel conference, and the work of the team on the ground in Hebron/Al-Khalil.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 14 - 20

A week of occupation in photos: March 14 - 20

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Child Arrest

 
Pictured here:  A Palestinian boy, who threw a stone at the reinforced checkpoint, was ambushed by three Israeli Border Police who were hiding within different buildings in the area. The boy was subsequently arrested and taken to a prison without his parents knowledge, where he stayed for a number of nights.

 (March 14, 2017)