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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

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)

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Drying up Kormor's Water of Life

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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. 

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

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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

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)