Fifteen church leaders, journalists and concerned citizens from North America arrived in Tel Aviv Saturday evening to begin 12 days of human rights observation and non-violent public action in the West Bank.
Fifteen church leaders, journalists and concerned citizens from North America arrived in Tel Aviv Saturday evening to begin 12 days of human rights observation and non-violent public action in the West Bank. The group, sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) will meet with Israeli and Palestinian peaceworkers and document the situation of Palestinian families who are impacted by Israel’s settlement expansion policies in the Hebron area. The delegation was organized in part as a response to the call from Palestinian and Israeli peace groups for an international observer presence in the area. CPT sends violence-reduction teams into places of conflict around the world. It is an ecumenical project with roots in the historic peace churches (Mennnonite, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) and includes participants from a number of Protestant and Catholic traditions.
Participants in the July 27-August 8 delegation are: Bill Durland and
Genie Durland (Cokedale, CO), Ron Forthofer (Longmont, CO), Brenda Holliday (Waynesboro, VA), Tracy Hughes (Wooster, OH), Kathleen Kern (delegation leader, Webster, NY), Kathryn Kingsbury (Madison, WI), Jerry Levin and Sis Levin (Birmingham, AL) Elayne McClanen (Sandy Spring, MD), Nicole Mortellito (Union, NJ), Bert Newton (Pasadena, CA), Charlene Smith (Gibson City, IL), Gale Toensing (Falls Village, CT), and Dorothy Jean Weaver, (Harrison burg, VA).
Christian Peacemaker Teams
PO Box 6508
Chicago, IL 60680
Tel: 312-455-1199; Fax: 312-432-1213
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative among Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations and Friends Meetings that supports violence reduction efforts around the world.