Local peace and justice activists Ed Kinane and Casey Burnett will join an international team of 12 peacemakers traveling to the Middle East on Tuesday, May 19. The delegation, organized by Christian Peacemaker Teams, will meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace and human rights workers to gain their perspective on the current political and social situation.
Team members will document the daily reality of life under military occupation for West Bank residents. The team will visit Palestinian families whose lands, homes and livelihoods have been threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements and by Israel's construction of the so-called "security fence."
"Jesus saw empowering the poor and the oppressed as the way to restore the whole world. I kinda like that. For me this trip will be one more step toward living out my commitment to nonviolence," Burnett said.
"I'm returning to the Middle East to raise my own consciousness about this Occupation and to raise the consciousness of others after I return to Syracuse," Kinane said.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (cpt.org) is a faith-based initiative supported by Mennonites, Brethren, Quakers and several Christian peace groups. Since 1993 CPT has placed violence-reduction teams in conflict settings in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Haiti, Colombia and elsewhere. Since June 1995 CPT has maintained a full-time peace presence in the West Bank city of Hebron, and since September 2004 in the village of Al-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills.