November 15 marks Palestinian Independence Day. Unfortunately, in the 31
years since the state was declared in 1988, independence is still not a
Lord, we offer thanks for all
the people and organizations working to bring about a just peace that will
allow Palestine to experience actual independence. We pray for transformation
and freedom in this land. Lord in your mercy…
Sabeel Nazareth is planning to honour the work of
Violet Khoury as she retires from their local office. Many foreign visitors on
the Sabeel tour will remember Violet’s powerful testimony of her youth growing
up in Nazareth as a Palestinian Christian, viewed as a second-class citizen in
post 1948 Israel. She managed to complete her studies in pharmacology, first in
Jerusalem and then in Rome and to succeed in setting up her own pharmacy
against all the odds. She will be honoured as a strong and steadfast woman who
worked hard to support her family, as well as supporting the work of Sabeel for
many years. She will be joining the Sabeel General Assembly.
Lord for the contribution of Violet Khoury to the work of Sabeel. We thank you
for the gifts she has been blessed with and for the way she has used them to
help others. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The Israeli authorities released two Jordanian
citizens who had been detained under administrative detention for two months.
Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri crossed King
Hussein’s Bridge to return to Jordan on Wednesday, the 6th of November. These
arrests have further strained relations between Israel and Jordan, 25years
after their peace treaty.
are thankful for the release of Hiba and AbdulRahman after
the intervention of the Jordanian authorities. We remember that so many
Palestinians are held in Israeli prisons for years under administrative
detention, with no recourse to justice. We pray that this form of detention in
Israel will cease. Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer
Israel’s highest court upheld the government’s decision to deport the local director of Human Rights Watch on Tuesday, the 5th of November. Omar Shakir, a US citizen, has been given twenty days before he must return to the US, on the grounds of his alleged support for the boycott movement. Under the 2017 law the Israeli government can block the entry or the visa renewal of anyone who supports a boycott of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
pray for those who work for the Human Rights Watch in Israel. We pray they will
continue to act as truthful witnesses and that attempts to silence their
truth-telling will be thwarted. Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer.
We consider the work of the Mennonite Palestine Israel
Network (MennoPIN), in this week’s Kumi Now Initiative. MennoPIN works to raise
awareness about home demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories. The
Israeli government issues less than 2% of Palestinian applications for building
permits. It then demands the demolition of homes built without permits. It also
uses the threat of demolition as collective punishment for any opposition to
the Israeli government. Such harassment is ruled illegal by international law.
pray for all those who are forced to demolish their own homes or to pay the
Israeli government to demolish them in Palestine. We pray that this inhumane
policy will cease, and that Palestinians will be granted the right to build
homes for their families. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
104 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, a
woman and a paramedic, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces’
(IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 82nd Great March of Return (GMR),
this Friday, 08 November 2019. Israeli occupation forces continued the use of
excessive force against peaceful protestors, as 41 civilians sustained
live-bullet-injuries – including 2 children in critical condition- in addition
to other injuries by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters mainly in
protesters’ upper bodies.
continue to pray for all who demonstrate for justice and equality. We pray in
the name of Jesus, who proclaimed, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’ (Matthew5:6) Lord in your mercy…hear
It is just one month until Sabeel will host its first International Gathering from the 2nd to the 7th of December at various venues in Bethlehem, Palestine. The gathering will bring together different organizations working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel, including Kairos Palestine, Bethlehem Bible College, Al-Liqa and Dar al-Kalima. The gathering will also explore the Kumi Now initiative and ways in which the worldwide community can engage in non-violent action to achieve a just peace in Palestine/Israel.
we pray that you would help to bring those people to the Sabeel International
Gathering who you want to use to bring about a just peace in the Holy Land. We
ask, Lord, that you will bless those who come, so they have the eyes to see and
the ears to hear the message you wish them to draw from the gathering. Lord, in
your mercy…hear our prayer.
A number of Norwegian lawyers and
professors of law published the ‘Defend International Law’ paper on the 31st of
October. This paper challenges their government’s position on Israel and its
persistent violations of international law. They call for the introduction of
sanctions against Israel for their serious human rights’ abuses perpetrated
again and again we have cried out to lawmakers to help restore respect for international
law and human rights in the Holy Land. We pray that lawmakers around the word
will take up the Norwegian call for justice to be restored in Palestine/ Israel.
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
many people have visited Palestine and seen for themselves the impact of the
oppressive policies of the Israeli government. We pray that more people will
use the free virtual reality tours to witness the injustice suffered by
Palestinians as a result of these policies. Lord, in your mercy…hear our