CHICAGO, USA: Christian Peacemaker Teams to mourn Operation Brothers Keeper/Protective Edge deaths at Israeli Consulate

On 18 July 2014, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), friends and supporters will gather at the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to mourn collectively and individually the deaths of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Operation Brother’s Keeper and Operation Protective Edge.  CPT trainees, Peacemaker Corps members, and others wishing to show solidarity with those who are suffering, will form a procession, carrying pictures of the dead and reading the names of all who have died.  Some members of the group will then attempt to engage members of the Israeli Consulate in dialogue.

Mohammad Dudeen, 15 Anas Qandeel, 17 Dror Kheinin, 37 (Israeli)

According to CPT trainee and retired pastor Jack Knox, “We are here to mourn with all those whose hearts are broken by violence in our world.  In Palestine and Israel, the Israeli military is responsible for a disproportionate amount of the violence and suffering.  We believe the path forward is to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression.”

Sarah Thompson, the Executive Director of CPT adds, “Witnessing here in Chicago supports our Palestine team and partners who are nonviolently resisting the oppression of the Israeli occupation they face.”

CPT seeks to call attention to the Israeli military’s indefensible targeting of civilians.  Yesterday, the Israeli navy killed four young Palestinian boys as they played on a beach in Gaza.  Since 12 June, the Israeli military has killed 238 people, mostly civilians, including forty Gazan children.  Hamas mortar fire has killed one Israeli in the last week and a half.

Mohamed Abu Khdeir, 16 Mohamed Malka, 3

ACTION: If you are in the Chicagoland area, join us at 11:30 a.m. Friday outside the Israeli Consulate (500 E Madison St.) for the procession.  If you have Facebook, consider changing your profile picture to an image of one of the Palestinians whom Israel has killed (Available for downloading here)—or you can right-click on the images in this release.  Pay attention to Palestinian coverage of events, including the www.imemc.org/ website and consider supporting Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (see www.bdsmovement.net). Continue to pray alongside Palestinians, Israelis, and all those around the world seeking peace and justice in the region.

Look for updates about the action, and CPT’s support for Palestinian nonviolent resistance, on Facebook [www.facebook.com/cpters] and Twitter [twitter.com/cpt_intl].

Further Reading:

“Gaza Under Siege: Naming the Dead” – Al Jazeera

CPTnet Releases Related to Palestine

“80 per cent of Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes are civilians, UN report says” – Independent

Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach” – Mondoweiss

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About Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine

CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, non-violent grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation.
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