Palestinian prisoners serving sentences in
Israeli jails for security-related offences are threatening to go on a hunger
strike to protest measures enforced by the Israel Prison Service, seeking to
prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The prisoners object to searches
conducted in their cells by prison guards without any protective gloves or face
masks, as well as a ban on leaving cells and meeting their attorneys and family
members, who the prison service fears might infect prisoners or guards with the
virus if allowed into prisons.
all, be with all prisoners at this time as they worry about the high risk of
contracting the Coronavirus from each other or prison guards. Be with all those
who are unjustly held without trial or reason, may they gain solace from your
continuing presence. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Despite the restrictions on movement and
gathering enforced against both Israelis and Palestinians, Israeli occupation
forces continue to demolish homes, conduct night raids to arrest children and
young men, and harass communities (especially the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of
Issawiya where the Israeli NGO B’Tselem notes that forces “invade the
neighbourhood daily, even at night, and more so on weekends, for no apparent
reason.” At the same time, illegal Israeli settlers uproot Olive trees and
create new illegal outposts in the Jordan Valley.
the oppressed and the vulnerable, be with all those who are threatened not only
by the ongoing pandemic but also by the harassment and unjust actions of the
Israeli occupation forces and illegal settlers. Grant the courage and conviction
to the international community so that they may stand up and take action
against this ongoing injustice. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Palestinians from the West Bank who work in
Israel are being made to find accommodation for up to two months or are forced
to give up their jobs and remain in the West Bank. During the current pandemic
these workers are being forced to live between different and complicated Israeli
and Palestinian regulations put in place to combat the virus.
at this time of uncertainty and challenge, be with all those workers who are
forced to follow two different sets of rules in order to earn money for their
families. Be with those who must live away from their families to earn money
and cast your protective and assuring presence over their families at this
difficult time. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to
spread around the world. There are now more than 250,000 confirmed cases with
over 11,000 deaths worldwide. Life worldwide is becoming more and more
restricted as governments attempt to slow the spread of the virus and allow
medical staff time to respond to the unprecedented levels of people needing
healing, we pray that you strengthen everyone around the world as they attempt
to find a new way to live in the face of the current pandemic. Grant your
restoring grace to all those medical workers who are putting their own health
and the health of their families at risk to treat those sickest among us. Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer.
This week’s Kumi Now initiative focuses on
the work of Aid Watch Palestine (AWP). This is an independent Palestinian
organisation which seeks to stimulate and channel international aid
effectively. It has recently helped farmers in Gaza to access aid after 29% of
agricultural land in Gaza was destroyed by the 2014 Israeli bombardment.
we pray for the work of organisations like AWP, which seek to help those in
need and to make good use of precious resources. Lord, in your mercy…hear
Lord Jesus Christ – you are the light
of the world. We are poor, miserable, wretched and blind. We have all sinned
and fallen short of the glory of God. Come and speak order into chaos, and
light into darkness of occupation in Palestine. Heal us that we may see. And
seeing — may we see you Jesus, the Son of Man, and believe in you. And
believing, may we worship you — honouring you as the one who restores the sight
of the blind that our eyes may see the salvation of God.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad
Malki strongly criticized the labelling of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem
as “non-Israeli” and “Arab residents” in a US State Department report. The
minister accused the United States of adopting the terms used by the right-wing
government in Israel.
Lord, we pray that international law will triumph over those
who seek to remove all rights and recognition of the Palestinian people, their
culture, and history. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
On Thursday 12th March,
Israeli occupation forces demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Freidis
village, in the occupied West Bank, east of the city of Bethlehem, according to
a local source. Forces raided the area and proceeded to demolish the one floor,
130-square-metre house, which belonged to Hazem Abu Muhaimid, under the pretext
it was built without Israeli permission which isn’t required in the West Bank
under Palestinian control.
Lord, we pray for all those who are forced to demolish their
own homes or to have the Israeli government to demolish them in Palestine. We
pray that this inhumane, unjust, and illegal policy will cease, and that
Palestinians will be granted the right to build homes for their families. Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Palestine Olympic Committee (POC)
President General Jibril Rajoub has praised the contribution of the
organisation’s female staff. He gathered with the women
who work at the POC to pay tribute to the impact that they make, saying
“we honour the Palestinian women who have been able to impose their
presence with their hard determination to serve their country and their cause…women
are mothers and sisters that we cherish, and their pride and effort has made a
prominent contribution to the sports system.”
God, we thank you for women everywhere, and pray for their continued strength
and determination. Lay your hand upon them and guide them in their constant
struggle towards peace and justice, for themselves, their families, and their
countries. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
11th March, Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Hamayel, 15, was killed
after being hit in the face by live ammunition fired by Israeli occupation
forces during clashes in the village of Beita, south of the city of Nablus in
the northern West Bank.
O Lord be with the family of Mohammed as they mourn their loss. Grant
them grace and peace to grieve and remember this young man whose life was so
cruelly cut short. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.