Friday Checkpoint Check
It seems to me a violation of human dignity for this elder man to have to put his belt and other garments back on in public.
My prayer is that all humans have unobstructed access to their places of worship.
Picture taken from a poster.
Below, as it now appears.
An EA from the prior team saw spent canisters of munitions stamped USA.
Let's pray for discernment since we will answer for what we say, do and do not do.
"Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers."
Please notice the proximity to settlements. The problem from settlements continues; more on that as I gain knowledge.
Examples of Demonstration Attended on Friday
Non-Violent Demonstration at Al Ma'sara
However, this week we were told to wait at the top of the hill, near the crossroads. We monitor this demonstration; we do not participate. EA's always stand at the back, and this role is appreciated by the organizers in the village. We take note of the number of demonstrators, soldiers, police and army vehicles, as well as recording the narrative in the weekly log. We take photographs of the demonstration and any incidents.
The theme of this weeks demonstration were issues related to prisoners.
A group of youth chained themselves together as they walked to the demonstration.
During the demonstration a child of about 10 was blindfolded and chained symbolizing the many preteen and young children that are being arrested. I did not get a good picture, but he is on the ground in front of the "chained" youth in a red jacket.
The leader of this ongoing protest met with us after and explained the grass-root efforts to developing non-violent networks for education and peaceful just peace activities.
Flare Up Event
There are different proposed paths for this enormous wall that is being built through the church's property. One proposal separates the convent from the school, another proposes a path that will keep the priests from their agricultural pursuits. I am not sure of the other, but according to international law, both the settlements and the wall are illegal.
Wall Prayer Walk Every Friday
It was my joy to walk and pray with those who gathered for this non-violent demonstration against the wall and the occupation..