Samer Arbeed was rushed to hospital in a critical
condition on the night of Saturday, 28th of September after undergoing
interrogation and torture by Israel’s Shin Bet Security Service. He was being
held under suspicion of masterminding an attack which claimed the life of an
Israeli teenage girl, Rina Shnerb, in August. His lawyers insist that he was in
good health before being taken into custody.
we pray that the torture during interrogation by Israeli security services is
brought to an end. We pray with our brothers and sisters, who remembered
Palestinian political prisoners in a service at the Orthodox Church in Ramallah
this week. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
This week, the Kumi Now initiative looks at the work
of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, (PCHR). This non-governmental
organisation was set up in Gaza by a group of Palestinian lawyers and activists
in 1995, in response to the rise in human rights’ abuses under the Israeli
military occupation. They work to protect human rights and to promote the rule
of law in line with international standards. In recent years they have been
working to obtain travel permits for thousands of patients who are unable to
receive urgent medical treatment in Gaza due to the Israeli siege.
Lord, we pray for the work of the PCHR as they devote their energy to helping
those in need in their land. We pray that the Israeli authorities would lift
the twelve-year siege of Gaza, which is causing untold suffering and despair.
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
‘Ala’a Hamdan (28), from the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, was killed, and 65 others injured, including 25 children, a woman and a paramedic, as a result of Israeli attacks against peaceful protestors at the 77th Great March of Return, this Friday, 04 October 2019.
Lord, we pray for the family of ‘Ala’a as they mourn their loss and for all those injured as a result of Israeli fire on mainly peaceful protestors. We continue to pray for all the people of Gaza, living under blockade and repeated military bombardment, adding fear to the misery of poverty and want. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer
The Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also addressed the UN Assembly last week. He warned that any attempt to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, as promised by Netanyahu in the recent electoral campaign, would lead to the cancellation of all diplomatic agreements between Palestine and Israel. He stated that the US could no longer act as peace broker in the region after its ‘unlawful’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and its support of Israeli aggression against Palestinians. He promised to call for long delayed elections in the areas of Palestine, which would be seen as forming a future state of Palestine.
Lord, we are thankful that the UN has been
given clear warnings this week from politicians and humanitarian workers over
the critical situation in Gaza and the Occupied Territories. We pray that the international
community would be moved to respond to these warnings by providing urgent
economic and political support for the Palestinians to avoid a catastrophe.
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
On Monday, 30th
September, Jews around the world celebrate Rosh Hashana – New Year. This is a
time of renewal and recommitment celebrated by gathering with family and
friends and enjoying the symbolic foods of apples and honey.
Lord, as the Jewish calendar moves from 5779 to 5780, we pray that all
celebrating are inscribed with joy, justice, liberation, love, and hope for
all. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
the 24th of September Turkey’s President Erdogan called on the UN to take
action and enforce its many resolutions against Israel. He stated that, since
1947, Israel had seized Palestinian land ‘with the aim of eliminating the
Palestinian state’ and that President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ would
support those territorial ambitions.
Lord, we pray for an end to the Israeli
military occupation of Palestine and that the many injustices visited upon the
Palestinian people would cease. We pray for renewed international efforts to
help Palestinians and Israelis to live together in peace in the Holy Land.
Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
the last week of September, the Israeli government forced the cancellation of
the FIFA Palestine Cup, without any reasonable explanation. They denied travel
permits for the Gaza team to travel to play the Nablus team in the Palestinian
National Football Club Championship. This is the second time the contest has
had to be cancelled and calls into question whether Israel should be held to
account for how it is treating Palestinian players, as a signatory to the
International Convention Against Apartheid in Sport.
Lord, we pray that the enthusiasm and the
hope of the Palestinian football players will remain undimmed despite this
further disappointment. Lord, we pray too that international pressure will be
brought to bear on Israel for its treatment of Palestinian sports’ teams. Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Thursday, the 26th of September, the Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of
South Africa called for an end to Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and
voiced its support for ‘well-directed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
actions’. They described the situation in Palestine/Israel as, ‘in some
respects worse than apartheid’. They also urged all church members who were
considering a visit to the Holy Land to choose ‘an inclusive and balanced
itinerary that includes contact with Palestinian Christians’.
Lord, we are thankful for the concerns
expressed by the Anglican Church of South Africa in their recent Synod. We join
with them in their prayers for Palestine, ‘God
bless Palestine. Free all from oppression and bring justice and peace.’ Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer
week’s Kumi Now initiative focuses on the difficulties Palestinians living in
East Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories experience when they try to obtain
building permits. This has happened to the Christian Palestinian Nassar family,
who have owned and worked the land on their farm on a hilltop south-west of
Bethlehem since 1916. The Israeli government have threatened the family with
dispossession, have cut off their water and electricity supplies, and blocked
their access road. Still, this Palestinian Christian family remain and ‘refuse
to be enemies’, choosing instead the path of non-violent resistance.
Lord we pray that the Israeli government
would release their stranglehold on permits for Palestinian building and
development. We pray that all the people in the Holy Land would receive their
rights and services in a just and equitable way. We pray, in particular, for
the Christian witness of the Tent of Nations. We pray that the Nassar family
and their supporters would be strengthened to keep faith and hope alive in
their hearts, no matter what provocation they face. Lord, in your mercy…hear
75th Friday of Great March of Return, Sahar Othman, 22, was killed and 109
civilians were injured as a result of the Israeli military’s continued use of
excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern
border; 39 children, a woman, 2 paramedics, and a journalist, were among those
injured this Friday, 20 September 2019.
Lord, we pray for the family of Sahar as they grieve over their loss. We
continue to pray for the safety of the protestors and for them to espouse
non-violent means to achieve their demands of a right to return to their
ancestral homes. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.