Nadia Habash, a lecturer at Birzeit University, has
been named by the Middle East Architect magazine as one of the fifty most
influential architects in the region. She described her work as part of a
‘national struggle to preserve the architectural heritage in Palestine’.
- Lord, we thank you
for the gifts you give to architects like Nadia. We thank you that she has been
able to celebrate and cherish her Palestinian heritage in an occupied land
where there is so much destruction. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
On Monday, the 10th of February, Sabeel published its
new edition of Cornerstone entitled Theologies of Palestine. In this
edition there are a number of interviews with Palestinian theologians from
different denominations which explore their theology, how it deals with
Christian Zionism, and their hopes for the future.
- Oh Lord, you are
compassionate and merciful. We thank you for the desire to reach a deeper
understanding of one another and how we reflect your glory and build your
church where we live. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
On Tuesday, the 11th of February, vandals slashed the
tyres of dozens of vehicles in the Arab village of Jish in Northern Israel and
spray-painted slogans on buildings warning of ‘Jewish-Arab assimilation’.
Police are treating it as another attack by the so called ‘Price Tag’
organisation of hard-right Israelis, which has carried out similar attacks against
Arabs in recent years.
- Lord, we pray for
the Arab communities living in fear of these hate crimes. We pray that the
police authorities will prosecute offenders and protect vulnerable communities.
We pray that Israeli and Arab communities will live respectfully and peaceably
in their shared land. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Following a decision by the Israeli government to ban
Palestinian exports of agricultural produce through Jordan, the Head of Mission
of the Office of the Quartet, Dr John Clarke, stated that the Quartet would
intervene in the decision to ban Palestinian exports of agricultural products
and appeal to the Israeli government to lift this restriction. The
Quartet on the Middle East is a group of international entities involved in
mediating the Israeli/Palestinian peace process.
- Dear Lord, we pray
that attempts by the Israeli government to choke the Palestinian economy would
meet a strong intervention and practical action from the international
community. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The UN Human Rights Office has issued a report on the
companies which are profiting from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and
East Jerusalem. The report names 112 businesses which have been involved with
establishing the settlements, including Airbnb, booking.com,
the Expedia Group and Motorola Solutions. There are now about 600,000 Israelis
living in around 140 illegal settlements, built since the Israeli occupation of
the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
- Dear Lord, we pray
that the businesses named in the UN report will review how they are gaining
profit from their links with Jewish settlements, which are considered illegal
under international law. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
This week’s Kumi Now initiative focuses on the work of
the Regional Council of the Palestinian Unrecognised Bedouin Villages (RCUV).
The RCUV seeks to provide representation for Palestinian Bedouin villages in
the Naqab. The Palestinian Arab citizens in these villages have no legal
recognition in the Israeli state and no access to municipal services, like
water or electricity. They wish to continue to follow their traditional way of
life, rearing livestock and farming. Bedouin villagers, like those in
al-Araqib, live under constant threat of demolition. The Israeli government
wants to relocate them to urban centres without regard for their rural way of
- Lord, we pray for
the work of the RCUV as they seek to protect those who have no rights in their
own land. We pray that the way of life of the Bedouin people would be respected
and that they would be left to farm in their traditional ways. Lord, in your
mercy…hear our prayer.
On Thursday, February 6,
Sabeel Jerusalem announced that they will be having a Young Adult Gathering
June 2020. In the spirit of gathering and Kumi, we hope to have young adults
join from around the world to hear, learn, and plan how to further work for a
just peace in our world.
Lord, we thank you for this new generation of peacemakers in Your name. For
their passion for justice and a better world where all are loved and human
rights and no longer violated. We pray for guidance as the program is planned
and we at Sabeel prepare for this gathering. Lord, in Your mercy…hear our
On Monday, the third of
February Palestinian prisoners from four prisons chose to observe a hunger
strike for two hours in protest at the dire conditions suffered by child and
women prisoners at Damon prison. The Prisoners’ Commission and the Prisoners’
Society have reported that women and child prisoners at Damon are held without
warm clothes and blankets in the cold weather and provided with poor quality
Lord, we pray for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian
territories. May the conditions of Palestinian prisoners be improved and
an end be brought to moving them into Israel proper which is against
International law. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The UN Special Rapporteur
on the situation of Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Michael
Lynk, has commented that the Trump Middle East Plan ‘is a lopsided proposal
entirely in favour of one side of the conflict’ and that it would ‘ endorse the
creation of a 21st century Bantustan in the Middle East’.
- Lord, we
pray that the UN and the wider international community would redouble their
efforts to achieve a just and equitable peace on the basis of equal rights for
Palestinians and Israelis alike. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.