week’s Kumi Now Initiative focuses on the work of the Christian Peacemaker
Team,(CPT), Palestine. The CPT Palestine is based in the West Bank city of
Hebron. Palestinian residents in Hebron, particularly those living in the H2
area in the Old City of Hebron, are subjected to violence from Israeli settlers
and soldiers. Their daily journeys to work or school are restricted by military
checkpoints, ID and bag checks, detainments and arrests.
CPT Palestine is a presence on the ground to witness and record human rights’
violations. They monitor checkpoints and support families when their children
are detained or arrested. By invitation, the team also assists Palestinian
families with the olive harvest when they are at risk from settler assaults and
military activity. Each incident the team witnesses is documented and compiled
into quarterly reports which are shared with the home community as well as the
we pray for the CPT Palestine team which is made up of volunteers from all over
the world. We pray for their protection as they live in the city of Hebron and
monitor the violence and human rights’ abuses against the Palestinian people
living under occupation there. We pray that those in positions of power and
influence in the world will pay attention to their detailed reports of abuse
and act to bring an end to the Israeli military occupation. Lord, in your
Kumi Now Initiative was launched by Sabeel Jerusalem in 2018. Sabeel invited
local and international individuals and organisations to join the initiative to
strive for a lasting peace in Palestine/Israel. Forty two organisations were
invited by Sabeel to join, based on their commitment to nonviolence, equal
rights and respect for international law.
initiative highlights a different organisation each week and explores its work
to raise awareness about a particular aspect of injustice in Palestine/Israel.
The initiative also gives information through stories of those affected and
promotes a creative, nonviolent advocacy action. At the first Sabeel
International Gathering to be held between the 2nd and the 7th of December in Bethlehem,
discussions about the progress of the first year of this Initiative will take
place, as well as plans for a new Kumi Now Global Initiative.
Lord Jesus, when we are despairing you encourage us and tell us, ‘Do not fear,
only believe.’(Mark 5:36). We thank you for the nonviolent advocacy actions of
the Kumi Now Initiative which help us to channel into action our sense of
despair over the occupation of Palestine. We pray for worldwide support for the
Kumi Now Initiative. We pray that it would help international decision makers
to work towards a just and equitable peace in the Holy Land. Lord, in your
Mu’ath Amarneh is a Palestinian
photojournalist and he was working in Surif near Hebron when he was shot in his left eye by Israeli
border police, even though he was wearing a flak jacket with ‘Press’ clearly
marked on it. The incident took place on Friday, the15th of November, when
Israelis opened fire on a group of unarmed Palestinians who were protesting the
confiscation of their land by settlers from the nearby Bat Ayin settlement.
Other journalists have voiced their outrage at this deliberate shooting and
demonstrations have taken place in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, and Gaza.
we pray for Mu’ath’s recovery and for the second operation he has to undergo to
retrieve metal from his eye. We pray that he may be able to continue his work
despite being blinded in one eye and that the incident would be fully
investigated by the Israeli border police. We thank you for the courage of
Palestinian photojournalists who are prepared to risk their own lives to
document injustices which occur daily under the occupation. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
The Dutch government stopped their
annual payment to the Ministry of Justice of the Palestinian Authority, on
Wednesday, the 20th of November. Their decision came after pressure had been
brought to bear by pro-Israeli groups who accuse the PA of supporting
terrorists. The PA give financial help to Palestinian families where the wage
earners have been killed, injured, or imprisoned by Israel. There are currently
five thousand Palestinians in Israeli prisons, most of them detained for
activities against the occupation.
you see poverty and the need of the families in Palestine with family members
in prison. We pray that you would prompt others to provide for those who are
destitute. We pray for an end to the occupation and for the inhumane treatment
of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government. Lord, in your mercy…hear
On Monday, the 18th of November George
Ghazala, a Palestinian scout leader and basketball referee was abducted in a
dawn raid by Israeli soldiers from his home in Ramallah. He has been taken to
an unknown destination. The Palestinian Basketball Federation has condemned the
abduction of one of its referees. They are also calling on international
organisations to intervene and bring an end to the harassment being directed at
Palestinian sportsmen and women.
we bring George before you now and pray for your guidance and protection for
him. This young man has taken part in activities organised by Sabeel and gives
of his time to organise activities for others. We pray that this active and
caring young man may know your strength and peace in whatever circumstances he
now finds himself. We pray for his safety and for his release. Lord, in your
mercy…hear our prayer.