Saturday, December 8, 2007
- Expose the violence of the occupation
- End the brutality, humiliation and violence against civilians
- Construct a stronger global advocacy network
- Ensure the respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
- Influence public opinion in home country and affect foreign policy on Middle East in order to end the occupation and create a viable Palestinian State
- Express solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and empower local Palestinian communities/churches
- Be an active witness that an alternative, non-violent struggle for justice and peace is possible to end the illegal occupation of Palestine.
- end physical and psychological harrassment of Palestinian refugees
- address the psychological damage done to children in refugee camps
- enable greater employment opportunities for Palestinian refugees
- free all political prisoners (an estimated 11,000, not all of whom can be "terrorists")
- free all women prisoners with dependent children
- free all prisoners incarcerated without trial
The women served us spiced tea, and displayed a range of handicrafts; I bought an embroidered and lined table cloth for NIS50 (or about US$13).
Top picture: some of the women and children who related stories of family members taken away by IDF; Bottom picture: a young boy whose older brother was shot dead by an Israeli soldier in al-Arroub about seven years ago, with Mr Yusef Daher from the Jerusalem Inter-Church Center.
- On failure by Jewish authorities and settlers to acknowledge the full story surrounding the Jewish massacre by Muslims in 1929: "that is violence."
- "When a Palestinian does wrong, the whole Palestinian community is blamed; when an Israeli does wrong, the whole Palestinian community is blamed."
- "This Christmas, when you set up your nativity scenes, don't forget to install a tall concrete wall between the shepherds and the manger."
- "Notice, in the Gospel accounts of the nativity, the census requirement to travel to Bethlehem, and the subsequent killing of the innocents. These are examples of what can happen under military occupation."
- "Just because I have $100 to spend on souvenirs does not mean that business will get better for Palestinians."
"We believe that the mandate to proclaim the Gospel of repentance, salvation and reconciliation includes a strengthened Biblical peace witness.
"We believe that faithfulness to what Jesus taught and modeled calls us to more active peacemaking.
(from CPT founding conference: Techny, Illinois)
Initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers with broad ecumenical participation, CPT’s ministry of Biblically-based and spiritually-centered peacemaking emphasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights.
A strategy developed thoughtfully over the years has taught us that:
- trained, skilled, international teams can work effectively to support local efforts toward nonviolent peacemaking;
- “getting in the way” of injustice through direct nonviolent intervention, public witness and reporting to the larger world community can make a difference;
- peace team work engages congregations, meetings and support groups at home to play a key advocacy role with policy makers.