More than fifty Palestinian journalists had their
profile pages deleted by Facebook on the 4th of May. No reasons were given, and
the journalists were told the decision was irreversible. Middle East Eye
reported that “for years, Facebook has been deactivating the accounts of
Palestinians in coordination with the Israeli government and security agencies,
on the pretext of preventing Palestinian “incitement” on its
Lord, we pray
that the censorship of Palestinian journalists will cease. We pray that the
Israeli government would respect the rights of all those living in the Holy
Land, including their right to freedom of speech. Lord, in your mercy…hear
On Wednesday, the 20th of May, Nickolay Mladenov, the
United Nations Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process spoke at
a UN Security Council video conference. He stated that the Palestinian
withdrawal from its agreements with Israel was a cry for help to the international
community as it faces Israel’s imminent annexation of over 30% of the West
Bank. Mladenov appealed to the Quartet, (the EU, the UN, Russia and the US), to
convene as soon as possible to work ‘jointly with countries in the region to
advance the prospect of peace’.
Lord, we cry
out to you as hundreds of Palestinian communities now face the illegal
confiscation of their homes and land. We pray that international lawmakers and
governments would step in to stay the hand of the Israeli government before it
launches its annexation plan in contravention of international law. Lord, in
your mercy…hear our prayer.
This year the day of Pentecost falls on Sunday, the 31st
of May. On this holy day Christians in the Holy Land and around the world
celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire, transforming the
disciples into apostles.
remember this holy day when visitors from different nations came to Jerusalem
and heard ‘the mighty works of God’ spoken about in their own language, (Acts
2:11). We pray that we may be filled with your spirit and give clear witness to
your faithfulness and power. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Fishermen in Gaza have been violently attacked, as
they fished within the allowed limits, by the Israeli navy far more frequently
in the month of April than in the previous three months, according to the human
rights’ organisations Gisha, Adalah, and Al Mezan. Israeli occupation forces
have been firing live ammunition and powerful water cannons towards the
fishermen, causing injury to the fisherman and damage to their boats. The
organisations have written to the Israeli authorities to request an end to
these unwarranted attacks.
Lord, we pray at
this time of acute need, particularly in impoverished areas like Gaza, that
fishermen would be allowed to follow their trade and provide for their
families. We pray that the rights of all people in Gaza are respected and that
the Israeli administration and occupation forces cease their violent blockade
of the area. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The European Union and the governments of Italy and
Finland are making a contribution of €17 million to the Palestinian Authority
to support East Jerusalem hospitals. This support will enable the six hospitals
to maintain vital medical services to the Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza, while also being able to respond to the pandemic.
Lord for the ongoing assistance of European countries to the maintenance of the
Palestinian health care system. It is encouraging to hear of nations reaching
out to other nations to provide help in times of crisis. Lord, in your mercy…hear
The spread of the Covid-19 virus across the world is
being monitored on a world map and dashboard run by the Johns Hopkins
University Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). Initially the
website listed the number of Covid-19 cases recorded by the Palestinian
Ministry of Health under the entry for Palestine, separate from Israel’s data.
At the end of March Birzeit University challenged the
CSSE to explain why the Palestine entry was first changed to ‘occupied
Palestinian territories’ and then, on the following day, it’s figures were
merged into the entry for Israel.
Dear Lord, we
pray that vital information about the spread of the coronavirus in Palestine
would be restored on the CSSE. We pray that scientists will not be drawn into
political actions attempting to erase Palestine from the map of the world.
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Here is a reminder that the Kumi Now initiative will
be holding weekly video conferences with different organisations working for
Palestine. The conferences will start on Tuesday, the 2nd of June at 6pm
Palestinian time, with Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh who will speak from the Palestinian
Museum of Natural History about the environmental impact of the Israeli
Lord, we pray
that many people around the world will watch the Kumi Now video conferences to
find out how the Palestinian people survive under occupation in their own land.
We thank you for their resilience and their resourcefulness. Lord in your mercy…hear
Every year, on
the 21st of May, UNESCO celebrates the World Day for Cultural Diversity for
Dialogue and Development. It is a day on which different cultures from all over
the world are promoted, alongside ways in which these communities might benefit
from sustainable development. At this time, we think of all those Palestinian
craftspeople who strive to keep the culture of Palestine alive in Olive wood,
mother of pearl, fabric, and many other materials.
Lord, we pray that we might all
learn from the way our communities have had to slow down as a result of the
pandemic. Help us to consider how we live in our local community and how we
respect the environment around us. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Palestinian women gave been killed as a result of domestic violence so far this
year, with five of these victims having died since the lockdown which began in
early March. A surge in cases of domestic abuse of children and sexual violence
has also been reported.
Lord, we pray that the pressures on
people across the world since the start of COVID-19 will start to ease as
families adjust to a new normal way of life with fewer restrictions. We pray
particularly that this rise in domestic violence in Palestine will end and that
the strong Palestinian women can live without threat of violence within their
own families. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.