September 21st,  2017

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The United Nations Human Rights Council plans to publish a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights, in spite of immense diplomatic pressure from the United States and Israel. American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has threatened that the US will cut funding to the UN Human Rights Council if the list of international companies operating in the occupied territories is released.

  • Lord, we are reminded of your scripture: “No one can serve two masters…. You cannot serve both God and money.” We pray that the UN will not succumb to pressure and expose the companies who make profit from our suffering. Lord in your mercy…

The United Nations General Assembly is holding its annual meeting this weekend in New York, 193-member states are represented including Palestine as an observer state.

 

  • Lord, we hold the Palestinian people living under occupation in our prayers as the powerful and the weak meet this week for the United Nations General Assembly. May the meetings bring tangible results that would put an end to the injustice in the land of our Holy One. Lord in your mercy…

 

Israeli rights group, B’Tselem, critiqued the Israeli government’s plans to forcibly expel two Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, B’Tselem said that such a move would constitute a “war crime.” The forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar will enable future expansion of settlements, including in the area designated E1 – a plan being promoted in part by the settler lobby.

 

  • Lord, grant all people of conscience the courage and strength to continue to speak truth to power. May the voices of justice and equality continue to echo in the ears of the Israeli decision makers and may they surrender to your will of peace. Lord in your mercy…

 

On Thursday September 14th, Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home in the Negev, south of Israel, for the eighth time. The Israeli authorities raided the village of Umm Qabu and demolished a house belonging to Salman Abu Sabileh, whose home was demolished seven times before by Israeli authorities for allegedly lacking almost impossible-to-obtain building permits.

 

  • Lord, once again we are reminded of your scriptures: (Matthew 18:21) “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” We pray that the family of Abu Sabileh continues to rebuild their home regardless of the number of times the Israeli state sins against them. Lord in your mercy…

 

The Sabeel office in Nazareth is organizing a theatrical play that focuses on Palestinian heritage and identity. The play aims to strengthen the Palestinian narrative and deepen our roots in the land. The play comes at a time when the Israeli government is trying to redefine our own identity.

 

  • Lord, bless the work of Sabeel locally and internationally. We ask you to be with the young people on stage as they challenge the narrative of the Israeli state by being who they are. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
    Lord in your mercy…

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September 14th, 2017

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At the beginning of this school year, over two thousand classrooms are lacking for Palestinian students in Israeli occupied east Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality and state authorities have failed to provide the lacking classrooms as ordered by an Israeli High Court ruling five years ago. The Jerusalem municipality allocates most of its funds to its Jewish residents and deprives the Palestinian community from its basic needs.

  • Lord, our Palestinian students are being taught about discrimination, by the Israeli government, outside the classrooms. We pray that the day will come when Israel will end its ugly occupation and Palestinians will gain back their freedom. Lord in your mercy…
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On Wednesday September 6th, 2017, the Supreme Court held a hearing regarding the secret procedures governing the work of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, despite the opposition of the Israeli state. The Supreme Court decision came following an appeal representing 108 petitioners. The petitioners demanded the establishment of legislation to regulate operations of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, its roles, authority, form of organization and management, and to require monitoring of its activities and facilities.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the people of courage who challenge the Israeli State and its nuclear program. We pray for a world free from nuclear weapons and reactors. May the court hearing bring transparency and raise awareness to the Israeli public about the dangers of their government’s nuclear program. Lord in your mercy…

On Monday September 4th, Palestinian security forces detained Issa Amro, a prominent human rights activist. Issa’s arrest came a day after he posted comments on his Facebook criticizing Palestinian forces for arresting a journalist. Issa was released from prison on Sunday September 10th, 2017.

  • Lord, we pray for all prisoners, and especially the prisoners of freedom of speech. Dear God, may the people of goodwill work for justice for all people regardless of their color, religion or nationality and especially regardless of who their oppressors are. Lord in your mercy… 

Activists and residents of the village of Jubbet al-Dhib in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem rebuilt their school in one night. The school was destroyed by Israeli forces two weeks ago.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the courage and commitment of the activists who defied the Israeli orders and rebuilt the school. May the stubborn Israeli state come to realize that the Palestinian people demand the right to education. God, give us strength to build when our enemy destroys, grant us power to plant when our enemy uproots, and grant us the ability to love when our enemy spreads hate. Lord in your mercy…

Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their East Jerusalem home. The Shamasnehs vacated the house, where they had lived for 53 years, after Israeli courts ruled in favor of the alleged heir of its original Jewish owners pre 1948. The case was brought by the Israel Land Fund, a right-wing non-governmental organization that advocates, for ideological reasons, the takeover of Palestinian land.

  • Lord, since 1948, Palestinian families continue to become homeless due to religious extremism and Zionist ideology. We pray for justice to the family of Shamasneh, and for all Palestinian families that lost their homes by force, deception or through legal abuse. Lord in your mercy… 
  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Ghana and Nigeria.  Lord, in your mercy…

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Sep. 7th, 2017

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On Monday, September 4th2017, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP), a coalition of 36 organizations, met in the Bethlehem area to improve coordination and networking.

  • Lord, we give thanks for a successful meeting and for the strengthened fellowship. We pray for the spirit of cooperation to continue so we may stand stronger to serve our Palestinian community living under occupation.

Leader: Lord in your mercy…
People: Hear our prayers

In Jerusalem, Palestinianand international organizations are facing increased pressure from the Israeli bank sector.The new bank restrictions appear to be politically motivated and aim to limit the work of the civil society in Israeli occupied East Jerusalem. This Thursday, Sabeel is organizing a meeting for non-governmental organizations to consult and coordinate ways to face the challenge.

 

  • Lord, the powerful continue to plot against the marginalized. We pray for the strengthening of the Palestinian civil society and the continuity of their work in East Jerusalem. Dear God, grant the different organizations the wisdom and courage to remove the obstacles that hinder their important work. Lord in your mercy…

 

Last week, MohannadYunis, a twenty four year old writer, committed suicide at his home in Gaza. Mohannad,was extremely talented and his work was very popular among Palestinian young people.

 

  • Lord, help us cast away the demons of depression and hopelessness in Gaza. We pray for the family of Mohannad and all the people of Gaza who live under the Israeli military siege. May the memory of Mohannad and his work be eternal and deliver hope in the midst of hopelessness. Lord in your mercy…

 

The local school at Al Khan Al Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin community in Jerusalem, is under the threat of demolition from the Israeli authorities. 175 students attend the school from different Palestinian communities. Israel blocks the roads to the school and deprives it from electricity and water forcing the students to learn under unbearable conditions. Many students are forced to use underground tunnels, intended for sewage systems, to make their way to school.

 

  • Lord, although we arereminded that you walk with the students on the way to school, yet we fear for their safety from Israeli soldiers and settlers. Dear God, we know you are the light of the world, yet the classrooms are dark and miserable. We pray for an end to the Israeli occupation that continues to show no mercy to our Palestinian people. Lord in your mercy…

 

During the past month the world has witnessed many devastating natural disasters like the floods in South Asia, the floods in Texas and the fires in California.

  • Lord, we pray for a generation of leaders with the courage to take responsibility for our changing climate, and the part we play in it. Dear God, we intercede for politicians and leaders – cause them to act in the best interests of all nations today, and all peoples in the future, in order to avoid catastrophic changes. Lord in your mercy…

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  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo.  Lord, in your mercy…

 

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August 31st, 2017

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This month, Israel revoked the citizenship of hundreds of Israeli Arab Bedouins and left them stateless. Over 500 citizens lost their citizen-status with a single keystroke and with no further explanation.

  • Lord, we pray for equality and justice for all the citizens of Israel. Dear God, may your spirit guide the Israeli government to treat all its citizens with respect, equal rights and to put an end to its discrimination of its non-Jewish citizens.
    Leader: Lord in your mercy…
    People: Hear our prayers

Muslim Palestinians with millions of Muslim worshipers from around the world, are on their way to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj.  At the end of Hajj, Muslims prepare for Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday in the Muslim calendar which falls this weekend.

  • Lord Jesus, with those who build bridges of interfaith understanding, we pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters that they may celebrate Eid al-Adha next week in peace. We also pray for the safety of those who make this pilgrimage of prayer and devotion. Lord in your mercy…

 

Last week, Israeli authorities stormed the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem and demolished a Palestinian home for the second time. The same home, 60-square-meters, had just been demolished on August 15th, 2017, by the Israeli army. With the help of fellow Jerusalemites, the family rebuilt a temporary home made of tin sheets, which Israeli forces came to destroy on Tuesday 22nd of August 2017. The family and their friends are already working to rebuild the house for the third time.

  • Lord, we pray for all the people of Jerusalem who resist the evil of the Israeli occupation. May the people of Palestine continue to plant hope by building what the occupation attempts to destroy. Lord in your mercy…

A Palestinian brand-new primary school in Jubbet Al-Dhib was razed by Israel just as the new school year was set to begin. The six newly installed steel terrapin cabins were erected in the village of Jubbet Al Dhib so that local children do not have to walk for an hour to get to school. A total of 55 West Bank schools are currently threatened with demolition and “stop-work” orders.

  • Lord, our enemy has lost all semblance of humanity. We pray for all children to be able to exercise their right to education and knowledge. May Palestinian teachers continue to be blessed with courage and wisdom as they commit, under difficult circumstances, to educate another Palestinian generation under occupation. Lord in your mercy…

This Saturday, Sabeel is organizing a field trip to Bethlehem for 50 young Palestinians from the area of Nablus, Burqin and Tubas. The young people are committed members of three Bible-Study groups that meet on a weekly basis. The purpose of the trip is to visit the Church of the Nativity and build fellowship among the members of the three groups.

  • Lord, we pray for all the Sabeel Bible-Study groups, for all their members, and especially the group facilitators. We pray for safe travel for the young people and a successful event. May all the work of Sabeel glorify your name. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal.  Lord, in your mercy…

 

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August 24th, 2017

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The impact of the Gaza electricity crisis on people’s access to water is life threatening. The current crisis is caused by Israel’s decision to cut electricity supplies to Gaza by 40 per cent, at the request of the Palestinian National Authority. The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas Government in Gaza are in dispute over who should pay the electricity bills.

  • Lord, we hold the people of Gaza in our prayers. May your spirit bring justice to the people on the margins who suffer at the hands of the powerful decision makers. Guide us Lord to continue to work to end the injustice and hold Israel responsible for the people they hold under siege. Give us courage to challenge both the leadership in Ramallah and Gaza who have failed to bring unity.
    Leader: Lord in your mercy….
    People: Hear our prayers

According to a study released, the husbands of 38% of female cancer patients in Gaza file for divorce. The reasons for divorce varies from thinking that cancer is contagious, the high cost of cancer treatment or fear from the side effects of cancer on their wives body.

  • Lord, women deserve better. We pray with indignation for your enlightenment for the many men in Gaza who lost their humanity. Help us Lord to courageously diagnose the deadliest disease of ignorance, hardheartedness and all attitudes and actions that dehumanize women.
    Lord in your mercy…

This Monday, the Israeli army destroyed a child daycare center close to Al Azarieh suburb of Jerusalem. The daycare was a project funded by a number of European governments as support to the Palestinian local community.

  • Lord, the Israeli government continues to attack our villages and towns with the intention to destroy every sign of hope. We pray for an end to this occupation that nourishes hatred and violence. We give thanks for the nonviolent resistance among Palestinians, Israelis and internationals that work for justice and peace and plants hope in the community.
    Lord in your mercy…

This week marks the beginning of the new school-year. It cheers the heart to see the hopeful faces of the school children as they go back to their school benches. 

  • We pray that this year will be a peaceful one, and that the children will be able to reach their schools safely and without delays, despite the obstacles in their way: the wall, the checkpoints, the searches, the gates and the closures.
    Lord in your mercy…

The Ramallah Annual Summer Festival, is an event that revives an old tradition and celebrates Ramallah’s history through various city venues and public places. This year’s festival was a great success that uplifted the spirit of the Palestinian people.

  • Lord, we give thanks for all the musicians and dancers who use their gifts to draw a smile on Palestinian faces. We pray for the safe journey back home for the international artists who participated in the festival. We ask for your spirit to protect and foster the numerous artists in Palestine.
    Lord in your mercy…        

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of  Liberia, Sierra Leone .  Lord, in your mercy…

 

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August 17th, 2017

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In Gaza, the ongoing humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate drastically. This week, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed their “deep concerns” for the intensifying humanitarian crisis.

  • Lord, we hold the people of Gaza in our prayers as they try to survive against all odds. It is true by bread alone one does not survive, but without bread and clean water they will perish. God, open the eyes of the decision makers of our world and soften their hearts to show mercy and grant Gaza justice. Lord in your mercy…

Four U.S. Senators, including Bernie Sanders, urged U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to monitor the case of Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian activist from Hebron. Issa, was indicted by Israeli army prosecutors for a range of offenses, most of which occurred three years ago.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the steadfastness of Palestinian activists who continue to resist the evil occupation using nonviolence. We give thanks to the people of good will who refuse to be silent and question the actions of the powerful. Lord in your mercy…  

The annual tour of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, a flagship project of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, started in Amman, Jordan last week. Despite the difficulties and obstacles of bringing young Palestinian musicians from all over the world, concerts at Birzeit University and Al-Najah University were extremely beautiful and inspiring and went very smoothly.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the talents, enthusiasm and energy of those young musicians who uplifted the spirit of the audience and cast a mood of optimism and pride in the halls. Lord in your mercy…

 On Wednesday, the Jerusalem local planning and building committee removed the unjust proposal for the construction of 200 new housing units for Israelis on the ruins of the village Lifta. Lifta, is one of over 530 Palestinian villages that were depopulated in 1948 to pave a way for the establishment of the state of Israel.

  • Lord, we pray for all Palestinian refugees to be able to exercise their right of return to their homes. God, give us the needed strength to continue to raise awareness to the unjust actions of the state of Israel and for the state of Israel to respect and implement the United Nations resolutions. Lord in your mercy…

local and international criticism continue to mount against the Palestinian Authority(PA) restrictions on the freedoms of expression in the occupied West Bank. Seven Palestinian journalists imprisoned by the PA have begun a hunger strike after being detained under the controversial Cyber Crimes Law, approved by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last month. Although the Journalists have been freed, the law is still present.

  • Lord, help us, Palestinians, to convey to our leadership your words: “if we remain silent the stones will cry out”. We pray that the powerful may understand that freedom is neither negotiable nor compromisable, but is a God given right. We give thanks for the release of the journalists and pray for the freedom of speech in Palestine and every corner of this world. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.  Lord, in your mercy…

 

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August 10th, 2017

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Sabeel is organizing an international witness visit from the 1st of November to the 9th of November 2017 under the theme: Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians. Sabeel Witness Visit trips provide participants with the unique opportunity to experience the reality of Palestinians living under Israeli Occupation.

  • Lord, we pray for an enriching and fruitful visit that will enable the participants to see and learn firsthand the situation on the ground.  We pray that they will go back inspired and encouraged to continue the work of justice and peace for this troubled land. Lord in your mercy…

 

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which is the second-largest landowner in Israel – Palestine, has sold a number of prime real estate to private Israeli investors, causing anger and frustration among Palestinian Christians. The deal was done without the knowledge of, and against the best interests of the indigenous Palestinian Christian community.

  • Lord, we pray for Your spirit to guard the Church against every form of greed. Our Teacher, remind the Church leaders of your parable of “the rich fool” and its lesson that one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Lord in your mercy…

In recent months, the Israeli Ministry of the Interior has drastically increased its hostile policies towards East Jerusalem residents. Many Palestinians wait months to schedule an appointment and waste valuable resources on dealing with the added bureaucracy.

  • Lord, we give thanks for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in East Jerusalem and pray for an end to the hostility shown to them.
    Lord in your mercy…

In Hebron, an Israeli settler was caught on camera trying to bully and steal a Palestinian ten-year old boy’s bike. Local human rights activist, Issa Amro, interfered and was able to return the bicycle to its rightful owner. Also in Hebron, the heroic Palestinian filmmaker Imad Abu Shamsiyya, was arrested after recording a local youth being harassed at a checkpoint.

  • Lord, in the rest of the world children have fun and enjoy riding their bikes. In segregated Hebron, bike rides are a dangerous thing. Lord, we pray you would help the children being bullied by the Israeli settlers and army, and strengthen the community in Hebron to defend them. Lord in your mercy…

 

Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem continue to be the target of Israeli settler organizations. Jewish settlers are stepping up their attempts to acquire new property through deceitful and violent means. Also in Isawiya village in East Jerusalem, 200 families received demolition orders of their homes.

  • Lord we pray especially for Palestinian communities in Silwan, Shiekh Jarrah and Isawiya who suffer the most. We pray for the families who try to appeal their case in unjust courts that serve the greed of extremist settlers. Lord in your mercy…

 

  • We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Sao Tomé and Principe.  Lord, in your mercy…

 

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August 3rd, 2017

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Although Israel continues to impose restrictions on access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, there have been some victories as a result of the protests, including that the metal detectors and some cameras have been removed. There were prayers inside the mosque on Friday, with as many as 10,000 worshippers participating. Sabeel and Kairos Palestine led a delegation of Christian leaders to meet with Muslim leaders and protest together at Al-Aqsa mosque, emphasizing that increased Israeli control at Haram al-Sharif is a concern for all Palestinians, regardless of religion.

  • Lord, we thank you for the successes that have come from the nonviolent protests in Jerusalem, and for the unified stand Muslims and Christians against the occupation in general, and in East Jerusalem in particular. We pray that the nonviolent protests will continue and Israel will end its control over East Jerusalem and all of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

In March 2016, an Israeli soldier named Elor Azaria killed Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron. Al-Sharif was wounded and already incapacitated after attempting to stab another soldier when Azaria shot him in the head. This week, an Israeli court denied Azaria’s appeal of his 18-month prison sentence amid calls by Israeli leading figures for his pardon.

  • Lord, we lament the killing of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif. We mourn a climate which Palestinian attackers are extra judicially executed while Israeli attackers are given minimal sentences.

Lord, in your mercy…

Twenty-year-old Mahdi al-Saadi was chased and shot to death, at close range, by Israeli police in his hometown of Jaffa while unarmed. This is another incident in the consistent mistreatment of Palestinian citizens by Israeli police. In response, there have been protests and clashes with police in Jaffa.

  • Lord, we mourn for Mahdi al-Saadi and all the other young people who are killed by police as a result of racial profiling and prejudice. We lament that Palestinians and Israelis who are accused of crimes are treated so differently, and pray that police officers would protect people rather than mistreating them.

Lord, in your mercy…

In Amman Jordan, an Israeli embassy security guard killed two Jordanians, one of them a bystander. The security guard was welcomed as a hero in Israel, including by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who hugged him and praised his behavior, saying it was self-defense from an attempted stabbing. The Israeli investigation is still ongoing, but most likely will be superficial.

  • Lord, we lament the culture of violence in which claims of self-defense allow Israelis to shoot and kill people with few consequences or questions. We mourn the deaths of the two people who were killed in Amman.

Lord, in your mercy…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Sao Tomé and Principe.

  • Lord, in your mercy…

 

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July 27th, 2017

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Since last Friday, there have been mainly nonviolent protests in Jerusalem as a result of Israel’s decision to impose new security measures on worshippers entering Al-Aqsa mosque, changing the status quo of the site. Palestinian Muslims have refused to enter the mosque and are nonviolently praying in the surrounding streets. Israeli police have responded violently, injuring at least 300 protesters and killing three. Some protests have also turned violent. One Palestinian was shot by a settler and three Israelis were killed in their home.

  • Lord, we thank you that the majority of the protests were nonviolent, and we are grateful for our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community who are using the power of prayer to protest injustice. We mourn for all people who have been killed or hurt. Although it is often difficult to act with nonviolence in the face of injustice, we pray that the protesters will have the courage to continue in prayer and nonviolence rather than returning evil for evil.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

Palestinian Christians have been joining in protests by praying with Muslims in the streets of East Jerusalem. There was also an interfaith protest in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  Participants emphasized that they are protesting increased Israeli control which is meant to assert Israel’s sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem, including Al-Aqsa mosque, something that concerns all Palestinians and which is not primarily a religious conflict.

  • God, we thank you for interfaith protests and prayers that resist attempts to divide Palestinians along religious lines. We pray for an end to the occupation which affects all Palestinians regardless of religion.

Lord, in your mercy…

Palestinian  political factions, including Fatah and Hamas, have agreed to join together in creating a Palestinian unity government shortly after both parties called for unity in response to increased Israeli control of Al-Aqsa. There have been other actions of solidarity around the world, including protests in Jordan and Lebanon, and prayers in the United Kingdom.

  • Lord, we thank you for actions of unity and solidarity. We pray that the unity government devotes itself to helping the oppressed and working against injustice rather than using power for personal gain.

Lord, in your mercy…

Over 20 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates, and many do not know where their next meal will come from. Additionally, over 800,000 people have been affected by cholera, and almost 2,000 have died.

  • God of all people, especially people in need, we mourn for the people who have died in this epidemic. We pray that the epidemic will end and that people will be able to get the food and medicine they need. Comfort the people who have lost loved ones and help the government of Yemen and the international community respond to this great need so that people do not die because they lack resources.

Lord, in your mercy…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.

  • Lord, in your mercy…

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July 20th, 2017

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Last Friday, three men from the Palestinian town of Umm al-Fahm inside Israel were killed after shooting and killing two Israeli Druze police officers at the checkpoint at the entrance to Haram Al-Sharif. As a response, Israel has implemented collective punishment through actions like closing Al-Aqsa mosque, requiring that worshippers go through metal detectors before entering it, and closing the Old City.

  • Lord, we lament all violence and mourn the deaths of all those killed this weekend. We pray fervently for an end to the injustices which feed the cycle of violence. We pray for a day when the freedom of movement and access to religious sites becomes a reality for Palestinian communities, and when Palestinians as a group are not held responsible for the actions of a few people who use violence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer…

The results of the tawjihi exams were released last week, and many families have been celebrating with parties and fireworks. These exams, which are taken at the end of high school, are very important because they determine whether students are accepted into universities.

  • God, we pray for the thousands of young people who are celebrating their achievement and we remember the students who did not reach their target grades. May the students of Palestine use their education to better their communities and to strengthen the society in which they live.

Lord, in your mercy…

The Knesset is considering amending one of Israel’s Basic Laws to make it more difficult to divide Jerusalem in a potential peace deal. This law is intended to solidify Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, including occupied East Jerusalem.

  • Lord, we lament the efforts of the Israeli government to further control Jerusalem in violation of international law. We pray for an end to the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, and we pray that leaders will seek to work for peace with justice rather than against it.

Lord, in your mercy…

The electricity crisis in Gaza continues to worsen. Due to the shortage of fuel, the last power plant in Gaza has been closed. There have been power outages lasting as long as thirty hours, leaving people without relief from the heat and relying on candles for light.

  • God of justice and mercy, we pray for the people of Gaza, who are suffering from lack of water, electricity, and medical supplies. Give them hope for a better life for themselves, their children and their communities, and an end to their suffering. We pray that the blockade will be broken and the people of Gaza will not be forsaken.

Lord, in your mercy…

Across Palestine and Israel, children are going to summer camps which provide them with activities while school is out for the summer.

  • Lord, we thank you for programs which provide opportunities for children to have fun in the summer and live a normal life even in situations of occupation. We pray for the organizers and volunteers who are working to make this possible.

Lord, in your mercy…

We join the World Council of Churches in praying for the countries of Djibouti and Somalia.

  • Lord, in your mercy…

 

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