Posts made in December, 2015

Hebron: Who will be next?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peace Team) December 22, 2015 – Photos of young Palestinians killed since October adorn the solidarity tent established by bereaving families who continue to demand and await the return of their loved ones’ bodies.

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Hebron: Routine stop and frisk

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 26, 2015 – On patrol in the Old City, CPTers witnessed Israeli soldiers and police body search five men (four of whom are pictured here) with no provocation.

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Hebron: Exam time

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 20, 2015 – Children here have to pass checkpoints and soldiers, and sometimes settlers, to get to school. But they still have to sit their exams. This young boy was rushing to school this morning past the Qitoun/209 checkpoint for his mid-term exams.

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Hebron: Tear gas as children return home from school

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 22, 2015 – As children headed home after a day of exams, some boys threw stones and the Israeli military repeatedly fired tear gas. The clouds of gas enveloped everyone on the street. A young man tried to shelter a little girl; a teacher led his pupils along the street

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Hebron: What children see on their way to school

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 15, 2015 – As children were making their way to Ziad Jaber School on the morning of 16 December 2015, including a group of boys pushing their friend in a wheelchair, soldiers were checking IDs and carrying out bag and body searches.

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Hebron: A threatening smell

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 23, 2015 -The Israeli military drove this skunk water vehicle through Qitoun/209 checkpoint, around the area, and then back to the checkpoint, where it remained throughout the time children and teachers were making their way to school. A border police officer stopped these two boys and interrogated them next to the smelly vehicle.

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Hebron: New gate at Cordoba School

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 15, 2015 – To get to and from Cordoba School children and teachers have to pass at least one checkpoint, walk past soldiers and sometimes aggressive settlers, and climb a crumbling set of steps.

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Celebrating in Bethlehem

Posted on Dec 29, 2015

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(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 24, 2015 – CPTers went to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve to join in the celebrations. A highlight was the parade of the scout bands, featuring boys, girls, young men and women.

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After jihadist threats, the closure of Coptic monasteries for security reasons has been denied

Posted on Dec 29, 2015

St. Mary Syrian (Al Sourian) Monastery in Wadi Natrun (Photo:  http://mistersaly.blogspot.com)

St. Mary Syrian (Al Sourian) Monastery in Wadi Natrun (Photo: mistersaly.blogspot.com)

(Agenzia Fides), Cairo, December 18, 2015 – Historical Coptic monasteries in Wadi Natrun region will not suffer any closure for security reasons, after the jihadist threats aimed in particular against the monastery to Baramos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. To refute the rumors about a possible “closure” of the Coptic monasteries was monk Sarabamun, of the monastery of Anba Bishoy.

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London youngsters collect toys for children in Syria

Posted on Dec 29, 2015

The parish of St Anselm’s Offering a Lifeline of Hope to Syria project, which came about as a response to Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, will run until November 2016.

Two students of St Anselm's Catholic Primary School

Two students of St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School

By Clare Creegan

(Aid to the Church in Need) London, 17 December 2015 – Primary school children from south London stood in solidarity with their persecuted brothers and sisters in Syria by holding a toy sale held in aid of suffering Christians.

The fundraiser was organised by staff and students of St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School in Tooting Bec and supported by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need as part of the local parish’s appeal for Syria.

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