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Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 November 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 15 November 2017

From Christian Peacemaker Teams in Al-Khalil / Hebron, Palestine:

"In the spirit of hope, we pray for peace.

We pray for the torn and divided peoples,
for refugees and uprooted families,
for all living in camps and for those who assist them,
and for all who have been bereaved, injured and traumatized.

Especially at this time, we pray for all who suffer in the midst of renewed conflict and attack.

We pray for Israelis living with the threat of rocket fire, for Palestinians in the West Bank subjected to the violation of their civil liberties and human rights and living under the constraints of military occupation and settler harassment.

We pray for
the people of Gaza, living under blockade and repeated military bombardment, adding fear to the misery of poverty and want.

In particular we pray for children and young people caught up in terror beyond their understanding or control.

Palestinian boy looking at Israeli soldiers at the souk

We pray for...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos October 31 - November 6

 

A Stolen Bike 

 
Pictured here: Palestinian boys talk with Israeli Border Police, just after the boys' bike was confiscated by them and handed over to an Israeli settler boy. The settler rode away with the stolen bike. 

(11/03/2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers, 8 November 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 8 November 2017

Pray for the important truth-seeking work of the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Pray for those who lost their loved ones as they share and relive their grief. Pray that the truth might build a path to healing and transformation.

Recently, during one of the sessions of the Winnipeg portion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2S, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team listened to the difficult account from three Indigenous families who had their sister, mother, daughter, aunt taken from them in a brutal way.

In the last 30 years, anywhere from 1,300 to 4,000 Indigenous women, girls and members of the LGBTQ2S community have been taken from their loved ones. The variance in the numbers is because many disappearances are not reported or counted by authorities. This inquiry is to hear the stories and to examine and report the systemic causes of violence. The inquiry commissioners spent five days in Winnipeg and will go to rural and urban communities across this vast land.

This week we would like to ask you to pray:
- For the families as they relive the stories of their loved ones and the days of grief.
- For the inquiry commissioners as they hear so many stories of horrific deeds done to women, girls and LGBTQ2S people - that they will remain strong to support and listen.
- For all people of Canada - that we will find a way forward to protect the women and to eradicate causes of such violence.

And we pray for the inquiry that it will: Find the truth; honour the truth; and give life to the truth as a path to healing.

Public gathering to remember murdered indigenous women
Photo: Several times a year family members, other loved ones and members of the public gather to remember the Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S people who have been murdered or who are still missing.

CPT Steering Committee Introduces Jonathan Shively: NEW INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

CPTnet

7 November 2017

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT Steering Committee Introduces Jonathan Shively

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CPT is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Shively (Elgin, Illinois, USA) as Interim Administrative Director.

Jonathan is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (COB) and has worked for the denomination in various capacities at the administrative level, including eight years as Executive Director of Congregational Life Ministries.  Much of his work has been with the church during times of change and transition.  He holds a certificate in nonprofit management from North Park University and brings a deep, working understanding of organizational structures and administrative processes to CPT at this time.

LESVOS REFLECTION: Into the night sea; waiting for the refugees to arrive across the sea

CPTnet

6 November 2017

LESVOS REFLECTION: Into the night sea; waiting for the refugees to arrive across the sea

by Michael Himlie

As a Christian Peacemaker Team member (CPTer) on Lesvos, I worked on the Night Watch, monitoring vessels in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, and awaiting refugees to arrive on Greek shore in the night. While the other Night Watch volunteers are just as intimately focused on the care, rights, and well-being of the refugees crossing as I am, it was hardly ever talked about on an individual basis as we sat through the night together. Typically the conversations consisted of the number of refugees crossing, the conditions of Moria, changes in Greek or European Union (EU) laws and regulations, where boats need to land or where the smugglers launch them. Never do we talk about refugees as individuals. Perhaps this is a coping mechanism for some of the Night Watch volunteers who have been through many arrivals, some of them traumatic. I still look into the night sea and view individual lives on the other side.

Beach 1

When I look into the Aegean night sea between midnight and morning, I am almost always tired, and as the weather turns unfriendly, I’m rather cold. Through the binoculars I see the glimmering lights of the Turkish coast and a few vessels: cargo, coast guard, fishing boats, and maybe some rubber dinghies carrying refugees. Monitoring the patterns and actions of the coast guard boats gives us a good idea whether there is a refugee boat that the coast guard is harassing, illegally pushing back to Turkey or picking up. Meanwhile, in the back of my mind, I am thinking: “oh what I would do for a cup of coffee.”

However, the night on the Turkish coast, from the stories of refugees, is vastly contrary to that of mine on the Greek side, and far more horrifying. Refugees pay smugglers thousands of Euros each to cross just fifteen kilometers of water. They have no guarantee that they will make it to EU soil. Usually the boat is meant to hold only fifteen people on a river, not 70 or more people in open water. If they are lucky, ahead of them lies a detention center with strict and changing policies for asylum case procedures. But they do not know this.