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June 15th, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 June 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 June 2017

On 12 June, the world commemorates the World Day Against Child Labour.* The focus of this international observance is to raise awareness and strengthen efforts to prevent child labour. According to the data of the International Labour Organization, more than 168 million of children around the world are forced into work that "deprives them of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development."**

 Child Labour

June 13th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos June 5 - 12

A week of occupation in photos: June 6 - June 12
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"Resist with Prayer" 

 
Pictured here: The 15th day of Ramadan marked the lunar anniversary of the 1994 massacre in Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, in which 29 Palestinians were killed by a Jewish settler while they were praying inside. On this 24th anniversary, our local partner, Dismantle the Ghetto, organized a public action in memory and resistance, calling for large numbers of people to gather at the mosque to pray. All wearing black t-shirts that read, "Resist with Prayer," the participants were denied access through the checkpoint while Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) threatened to fire tear gas and use other excessive force. The response of the demonstrators was to pray together outside the checkpoint, declaring to the IOF that they did not wish for there to be violence.  

Photo Credit: Dismantle the Ghetto   


(June 10, 2017)

June 11th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Drying up Kormor's Water of Life

CPTnet

12 June 2017

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Drying up Kormor's Water of Life

by Weldon Nisly

Springs flowed with the water of life for the village of Kormor. For generations springs supplied abundant water to sustain Kormor's people, plants, and animals in this arid land of the Kirkuk region of Iraqi Kurdistan. No more. All of Kormor's springs have dried up. Where cool spring waters once flowed, now only thistles abound in sun-baked ground.

Dana Gas

The flames of fire from the land that has been taken over by Dana Gas. Photo by: Rezhiar Fakhir

Kormor's springs flowed with the water of life until Dana Gas arrived. Showing no concern for village water and life, Dana drilled a deep well to draw the water they needed to pump oil and gas out of the ground. Kormor's water of life was sacrificed to the insatiable corporate thirst for profit and global thirst for energy. 

After the U. S. occupation of Iraq in 2003, Dana Gas arrived in Kormor. With regional and national political support they confiscated 4,000 dunams of land owned by villagers. Then they closed off 10 km of road for their own use forcing villagers to drive 40 km around the drilling site over rough roads heavily damaged by the company’s semi tankers. 

June 9th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY. Spirited Reflection: Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.

CPTnet

9 June 2017

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY. Spirited Reflection: Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.

by Esther Townshend

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – Jer. 31: 33

Earlier this month, I joined a group walking from Kitchener-Waterloo to Ottawa, called the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. Organized by Mennonite Church Canada – Indigenous-Settler Relations and Christian Peacemaker Teams – Indigenous Peoples Solidarity, the pilgrimage had two primary goals: to visit churches to foster conversations about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its role as a framework for reconciliation; and to call on the Canadian government to fulfill its promise to implement UNDRIP. In particular, we walked in support of Bill C-262, a private member’s bill by MP Romeo Saganash that provides a legislative framework for UNDRIP’s implementation. Canada’s Liberal government has been conspicuously silent on whether it will support Bill C-262, despite having voted for a similar bill when the previous Conservative government was in power. 

Pilgrimage

June 8th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 30 - June 5

 

Secret Search

 
Pictured here: An Israeli soldier stands guard as other members of his patrol take a young Palestinian man around the corner to be searched out of sight of foreign monitors. The man was stopped, ID checked, and body searched as he was walking through the tunnels of the Old City. The Israeli military conducts these patrols several times a day in an attempt to exercise their control of the freedom and movement of Palestinians. They often detain and arrest members of the community in addition to ID checks and searches. 

(May 31, 2017)

June 7th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 7 June 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 7 June 2017

More and more people are becoming aware of the consequences of the industrialization of our world. The pollution of the air, soil and water resources has increased notably because of the so called development. Extremely dry seasons, prolonged cold winters, numerous floods and landslides are just some examples of the impact of the massive industrial production, global scale transportation and abuse of natural resources. For this reason, the country representatives signed an agreement to continue working for and supporting the development while decreasing the pollution and the global warming. But we need to understand that it's the consumption and production of things that we perceive we need that takes away or destroys what we all truly need: healthy and sufficient food and water, clean air and respect for life.   

Let us pray for our world, for clean air and water. Let us pray for those who struggle to protect what is left and to regenerate what is lost. Let us pray for those who make decisions that will impact not only our present but also our future and the future of the life on Earth. Let us pray for each one of us to learn more, to care more, and to do more. We all deserve a better planet and many of us bear responsibility for the disasters that take place not only where we live but also in other parts of the world. So help us God.

 Mocoa, Colombia Landslide

Psalm 96:10-13

Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth. 

June 6th

IRAQI KURDISTAN NEWSLETTER: Spring 2017- Border Bombing, Oil Issues and more!!

 

Iraqi Kurdistan

 
We wish all of our Muslim teammates, CPTers, Supporters and friends a happy Ramadan. 
 
Border Bombing
After the peace agreement broke between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 2015, Turkey has regularly bombed villages in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Turkish state claims they are only targeting the PKK. However, Christian Peacemaker Teams-Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT-IK) has visited many of these villages and documented that Turkish warplanes have not just bombed PKK but have also bombed villages and surrounding areas, including burning many vineyards,orchards, and grazing lands. Furthermore, there have been civilian casualties and many villagers have lost their animals and sources of income. The bombings continue to this day and the CPT IK team continues to investigate and document Turkey's bombing violations. The team has written many stories about Kurdish civilians who have been heavily impacted by the bombardments, including a story in May of this year about Turkey's bombing near the village of Murkijea. 
Kak Bapir from Basta vilage hosted Christian Peacemaker Teams-Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT) at his home. 
Kak Bapir (right) talking with Michele Naar-Obed (left) and CPT member Latif Hars (center) about Turkish bombardments in the Basta region. Photo by: Gabe Soares
Christian Peacemaker Teams-Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT IK) team members with Michelle Naar Obed visited one of our partners, Kak Bapir from Basta village. Basta has long been impacted by the bombardment from both the Turkish and Iranian governments. Kak Bapir told CPTers that they are still being bombed by the Turkish government and expressed his wish that the bloody bombardments would stop. Kak Bapir told the story of the villagers from Basta and how their way of life is being disrupted by the ongoing bombardments. He asked that CPT help amplify their voices to make the international community aware of their plight and to accompany them to find new ways to ask the Turkish state to stop these bombardments so that villagers from Basta can live in peace. 

June 2nd

Prayers for peacemakers. 3 June 2017

Prayers for peacemakers. 3 June 2017 

"Ramadan Kareem" to our Muslim CPT members, partners and friends who together with the multitude of Muslim communities around the world join in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. 

Those who observe Ramadan abstain from food, drink and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. However, the essence of Ramadan is much deeper than just fasting. It is a time to purify one's soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-discipline and sacrifice. 

Last weekend, two bombs exploded in Baghdad, Iraq, just at the time when families were breaking fast and beginning to eat. One of the bombs exploded at the bazaar, the central market of the city, nearby a retirement office, and the other one in an ice cream shop where mostly children and teenagers were celebrating life. Another explosion happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a diplomatic zone. These horrible attacks against our fellow and dear human beings target also the meaning of Ramadan.

Ramadan In Palestine

Today let us pray for all who observe Ramadan so that they can do so in peace, free of fear and risk of bombs, airstrikes, all kinds of violence and restrictive checkpoints. Let us pray for the family members and friends of the innocent victims. Let us pray for their souls so that they may find comfort and peace.

June 1st

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 23 - 29

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 23 - 29

 

Counter-Settler Tour

 
Pictured here: CPT monitored its first counter-settler tour created in partnership with a local tour guide.  The tour takes place at the same time as the weekly settler incursion in the Old City, offering a narrative of Palestinian history and culture in al-Khalil and explaining the impact of occupation on daily life, economy, and freedom.  Members of our CPT delegation were the main participants last week.  A future goal of the project is to draw more Palestinians into the space of the Old City to raise awareness about resistance to the occupation.  

(May 20, 2017)

May 29th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine May 2017 Newsletter--Old City Shop: Jewelry, Why do you keep going back? and more...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine May 2017 Newsletter--Old City Shop: Jewelry, Why do you keep going back? and more..


Old City Shop: Jewelry

Mospah follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He has been making and selling jewelry in the same shop in the Old City souq for fifty years. 

Why does he do what he does, where he does? Because it’s a family tradition, part of his heritage. He has a strong sense of rootedness, from both his father, whom he reveres, and his grandfather. Mospah has ten children, seven daughters and three sons, and thirty-seven grandchildren. The entire family continues to live in Hebron.

A supplier brings him materials from Saudi Arabia: stones from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan plus materials sourced locally. Mospah then crafts these into a wide variety of jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, earrings, prayer beads. He also has a small line of low-cost costume jewelry responding to the demands of a range of customers.

Thirty years ago, business was thriving in the Old City souq. Not so today. Mospah often passes days at a time with no one buying. Business is difficult but a little better than after the second intifada. Read more...