Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
- In 2015, total income and total expenses were $1.1 million.
- Funding is provided by affiliated church groups in the US, Canada, and UK.
- According to its website, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) “does not accept money from any government or governmental agency.”
- In 2017, Japan granted UNICEF $191,191 for “Protected and safe access to schools as an emergency response for vulnerable communities in the State of Palestine.” CPT and the Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are listed as “implementing partners.”
- In 2015, Canada provided UNICEF $10 million CAD, $1 million of which was allocated to UNICEF-oPt. The implementing partners for the project were CPT and EAPPI.
- CPT rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,“ “ethnic cleansing,” “collective punishment,” and “colonization,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- CPT also endorses the Kairos Palestine document, which calls for BDS against Israel; denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
- CPT provides on its website a “Sample Letter About Violations of Children’s Rights” for people to use to write to congressional representatives about the “daily hardships, traumas and humiliations experienced by those living under Israeli occupation” and “strongly urge [them] in your official capacity to demand that there be an independent investigation of this incident to determine if the Israeli military violated international law and if any sanctions or restitution to these children and their families are warranted.”
- In March 2017, Executive Director Sarah Thompson spoke about “Spiritually and Activism from Palestine to Ferguson to Standing Rock: Deepening Continuous Resistance” at Sabeel’s tenth international conference in Jerusalem to mark “100 years since the Balfour Declaration; 70 years since the UN Partition Plan; 50 years since the occupation of the state of Palestine: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip; 30 years since the beginning of the first intifada, and 10 years since the beginning of political divisions among our Palestinian people.”
- On February 7, 2017, CPT was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people.” The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
- In 2015, CPT was a “National campaign partner” for the campaign “No Way to Treat a Child,” a vehicle for exploiting children for political warfare against Israel. The campaign was initiated by PFLP-linked Defense for Children International- Palestine and BDS organizer American Friends Service Committee. A February 20, 2017 exposé in the Jerusalem Post revealed the falsehoods that underlie this campaign.
- On February 23, 2010 CPT-Palestine endorsed BDS against Israel “because sixty years of negotiations and diplomacy have only enabled Israel to solidify its military occupation of Palestine. The international community has long called for Palestinian society to resist the violence of the Occupation nonviolently, so we, as members of an international peace organization, believe that when Palestinians mount nonviolent campaigns against the Occupation, we are morally obligated to support them.”
- CPT encourages “individuals, companies and states to engage in divestment and in an economic and commercial boycott of everything produced by the Israeli occupation.”
- CPT “started making videos answering ‘why do we boycott Israel? ’,” urging followers to do the same.
- In June 2017, CPT signed a statement “condemn[ing] JNF Canada’s role in entrenching Israel’s fifty-year-long military occupation” and called on the government of Canada to “Ensure that Canadian taxpayers are no longer subsidizing these activities, which are making Canada complicit in violations of international law (sic).”
- On June 14, 2017, Rachelle Friesen, the Canadian coordinator of CPT, wrote an op-ed in the Canadian Mennonite stating, “The time has come to take up the call of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) unapologetically. This support means not only condemning the settlements or the occupation; it means the entire BDS framework of liberation is adopted, including: Ending the colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the wall.”
- In April 2017, CPT was a signatory on a letter to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra calling on them to “reconsider your participation in the TSO’s planned ‘Arabian Nights’ tour of Israel,” as “Israel instrumentalizes culture to cover up its violations. When international artists perform at Israeli cultural venues and institutions, they help to create the false impression that Israel is a ‘normal’ country like any other. This visit by the world-renowned TSO will be paraded as an endorsement of Israel’s actions.”
- In March 2017, CPT, alongside the Canadian BDS Coalition, signed a letter to HP calling on them to “speak out against the violations of International Humanitarian Law and abuses of human rights associated with HP/HPE technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people… We expect you to show just leadership and stand on the right side of history to end your company’s complicity with Israeli oppression” (emphasis added).
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