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PALESTINE: No winners in Gaza war

Now that the bombing of Gaza has stopped, the world is beginning to survey and record the damage.  The devastation is overwhelming.  Now I have a clearer picture of the effect of those Israeli jets flying for three weeks over At-Tuwani in the southern West Bank-about fifty miles from Gaza-while I was there.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: January 2009

In and around at-Tuwani, the Israeli military remarkably intensified its daily interceptions of Palestinian migrant laborers trying to leave the West Bank, sometimes applying lethal force. The army also continued failing to reliably accompany the schoolchildren on the complete route to and from school, leaving them vulnerable to settler attacks.  Palestinian shepherds continued challenging Israeli military prohibitions against their grazing of flocks on their own land.

AT-TUWANI: Soldiers kill Palestinian migrant worker, increase harassment of villagers in South Hebron Hills

Three incidents in recent days indicate that Israeli occupation authorities are stepping up their aggression in the South Hebron Hills, particularly in response to Palestinian migrant laborers.

On the morning of Monday, 2 February, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on the Israeli side of the border near the Palestinian village of Jinba and the Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir.  Taysir Manasra, 27, from the Hebron-area village of Bani Na'im, was attempting to travel into Israel for work.

JORDAN VALLEY: Electricity for flowers, not people

The Jordan Valley is a place where Israeli flowers have electricity and Palestinian people do not.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: December 2008

Monday 29 December 2008

School began again and the children were taking. The soldiers accompanying the school children from Tuba drove a short distance then stopped to chat with settlers working in the area. The soldiers told the children to go on alone. (See 31 December 2008 release, “Israeli army fails to escort Palestinian schoolchildren twice in three days,”

PALESTINE REFLECTION: The shape of the future

Recently, Jim Roynon and I visited an old friend of the team in Ramallah to discuss what shape CPT's future work in Palestine might take.  If she were not dealing with the slaughter in Gaza and supporting her colleagues there, she said, she would be visiting villages caught between the unfinished Annexation Wall and the actual 1967 border with Israel, an area known as the "seam line," because they do not know the horrors that await them.

Bir Nabala, she said is "the shape of the future."  Entirely surrounded by the Wall, it has only one entrance/exit . . .

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Soldiers in the village

"There are soldiers in the village," came the call.  Right by our house in the village of At-Tuwani, where Christian Peacemaker Teams has had a presence since 2004, we saw an Israeli military jeep and humvee.  Soldiers were standing on the street with guns drawn.

GAZA: Statement on war in Gaza from CPT’s Palestine team

Christian Peacemaker Teams deplores the use of violence, stands with the oppressed, and supports all nonviolent efforts to build justice and peace. We believe God loves both Palestinians and Israelis and regards every person's death a tragedy. With this in mind

-We call on all armed groups to cease killing and traumatizing the children of God.

-We implore our governments to do more to end this massacre in Gaza, including demanding that Israel immediately remove its forces from Gaza and cease aerial bombardment.

-We ask our government representatives to insist that Israel conform to International law in its dealings with the Palestinians.

- We urge our governments and media outlets to press beyond surface explanations as to the cause of this recent conflict between Hamas and Israel and address the 'root' problems (i.e. the systemic oppression and domination of the Palestinian people).

FORT FRANCES ONTARIO: Letter to President-Elect Obama

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Here and in the Middle East analytical paradigms are entrenched and have not brought peace to the Middle East.  Because of your organizing work you already know that without new thinking there is no hope for renewal.  

For twenty-five years I lived in Chicago’s neighbourhoods and I know about the problems of neighbourhood violence.  I know you do too.  Evenhandedness, honest words, respect and confidence-building actions that reach across divides help create the way to resolution.  Eventually all episodes of human violence do end, either by burnt out buildings and abandoned civilizations or through new visions.

Author of PALESTINE REFLECTION: Gaza and Jeremiah

Jim Roynon, currently serving on the CPT exploratory team in Palestine, was the author  "PALESTINE REFLECTION: Gaza and Jeremiah."