Sabeel-Kairos UK are launching a series of studies for Lent 2022 focused on the Palestinian Cry for Hope and associated themes. This series will include live online events with international speakers, discussion, prayers and actions every Sunday for 5 weeks during lent.
Lord, we continue to Cry for Hope, for a just peace, and an end to oppression. Bless Sabeel-Kairos UK and their Lent series. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
Friends of Sabeel Australia held a zoom meeting, the first of a series, in 2022. The session was led by Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan and focussed on Palestinian Christians.
Lord, we are thankful for Friends of Sabeel Australia and their commitment to Palestinian Christians. We are thankful for all those involved in organising these sessions, bless the sessions to come and those who take part. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
An 80-year-old Palestinian was found dead in a village in the West Bank early Wednesday, his body still handcuffed after an Israeli arrest raid. Omar Abdulmajeed Asad and other family members were returning from visiting relatives when they were stopped by the soldiers. After the troops withdrew, villagers found Asad’s body in a building under construction.
Lord, grant peace and solace to the family of Omar Abdulmajeed Asad. We pray that a full and open investigation into his death will take place and that those responsible will be brought to justice. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
Dozens of Palestinian Bedouins have been wounded in a crackdown by Israeli forces on a protest against continuing Israeli forestation work on land residents say they privately own near the southern city of Beer al-Sabe (Beer Sheva). The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) use tree planting as a method of preventing Palestinians from accessing their land and to obliterate Palestinian villages.
O’ God, we pray for all those injured as they protested against the unjust forestation on Palestinian lands. We pray that those responsible for the planting, will cease their actions and allow those who own the land to live in peace with full and unrestricted access to their lands. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
Israeli settlers attacked the Palestine TV crew this morning while they were returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley. The crew, composed of three members, were stopped and forced out of their vehicle near the village of Bittin, east of Ramallah. The settlers proceeded to harass and attack the Palestine TV members until they were bruised. They, the settlers, were protected by Israeli occupation officers nearby, who did nothing to stop the brutality.
Lord, the constant attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians must end. Freedom of the press is a keystone of a just and open society, grant a swift and full recovery to those injured, and give them strength to resume their reporting. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
Film stars including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Gael García Bernal, and Viggo Mortensen, have backed Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, after her social media post about Palestinian solidarity drew ire from Israeli officials. “We join Emma Watson in support of the simple statement that ‘solidarity is a verb’, including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians struggling for their human rights under international law,” said a statement signed by more than 40 film industry notables.
Lord, we are thankful to those whose voices are the loudest in today’s society and are willing to stand up against oppression of Palestinians. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
An 82-year-old Jewish woman, who is being investigated by Labour for alleged antisemitism for the third time in less than three years, is threatening legal action against the party, claiming it has unlawfully discriminated against her based on her belief in anti-Zionism.
Lord, for all those wrongly accused, we pray. Give to those who strive to define antisemitism clarity to see the difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, to those who would commit acts of antisemitism, give them the foresight to see the wrong in their actions or words. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
At the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, held mid-December, Palestinian embroidery (tatreez) was added to the UNESCO cultural heritage list. While the practice originated in rural areas, the culture of stitching and wearing embroidered items is now common across cities and villages, with different patterns representing the various regions in historic Palestine and can act as an indicator for the economic and marital status of the woman wearing it.
Lord, we are thankful for the skills and creativity of those who sew tatreez and for the recognition by UNESCO of its importance to Palestinian culture. We pray that this skill will continue to be passed through the generations and highlighted as an important symbol of the Palestinian people. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
On Tuesday 18th January, Bethlehem will see its third and final round of Christmas celebrations. The Armenian community will celebrate the birth of Jesus on this date based on the Gregorian calendar.
Help us, Lord Jesus, to keep our eyes fixed on you each day, not only during seasonal celebrations. Let us worship you with open hearts, so that you may ‘dwell in our hearts through faith, that we may know the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Eph 3:17). Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.
As Palestinian farmers looked on, more than 500 dunams (125 acres) of cultivated land were destroyed by Israeli occupation forces in the Jordan valley on Monday 3rd January. The land, used to grow wheat, was used by the Israeli tanks as part of a training exercise for the Armored Engineering Corps.
Lord of all the earth, we pray for the Palestinian farming communities who can do nothing but watch as their crops and land are destroyed. We pray that these farmers will have the strength and opportunity to re-sow their crop and that crop be allowed to grow to harvest. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.