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Elaine Zoughbi, the American wife of Sabeel General Assembly Member, and Director of the Wi’am Centre in Bethlehem was refused entry at Tel Aviv airport on April the 3rd. The refusal was on the grounds of national security. Many internationals married to Palestinians are either refused entry to the country or must visit on tourist visas with the risk that they could be denied entry at any time.

  • Lord Jesus, you understood the importance of families and the natural care and concern we have for our loved ones. Even as you were suffering on the cross you placed your heart broken mother under the care of your disciple, John. We pray for an end to the policy of family reunification which brings heart ache and separation to many Palestinians. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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Israeli settlers used several bulldozers to destroy fruit trees and to flatten Palestinian land in Burin village. They are planning to use the land for their expansion of the Yitzhar settlement. While on the eastern border of Khan Younis in Gaza, Israelis used four military bulldozers to raid Palestinian agricultural land.

  • Lord, we pray for the Palestinian farmers as they see their crops destroyed and their land plundered and yet are powerless to protest. ‘Oh, Lord you hear thedesire of the afflicted, you will strengthen their heart,’ (Psalm 10:17). Lord in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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Israeli bulldozers demolished the Bedouin village of al- Araqib in the Negev desert insouthern Israel for the 142nd time on Thursday, the 4th of April. The demolitions were carried out in an attempt to force this Bedouin village (with 34 other unrecognised villages)to relocate to government-zoned townships and pave way for the confiscation of their property.

  • Protecting God, we pray that the Bedouin people will be left alone to live peaceably in their villages and not harassed and threatened with forcible removal. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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This week marks the re-launch of the Kumi Now initiative. Active members of the initiative may find it helpful to plan ahead for future activities, while new members may want to familiarise themselves with the calendar of activities in the Launch Manual.

  • Lord, we pray for all those called to engage in peaceful activism to bring about change to the oppressive conditions endured by so many living in Palestine.Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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On Friday, the 5th of April, in border protests east of Gaza City, 84 Palestinian protestors have been wounded by Israeli live fire, one of whom is in critical condition.

  • Lord, we pray for all those who were wounded during the border protests this week. We pray for strength and for determination for those taking part in the demonstrations, that their efforts may soon bear fruit. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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Sabeel Jerusalem held an Easter Egg Hunt in Bethlehem for 120 children recognised by different charitable organisations as being at the margins of society.

  • Lord, we thank you for this opportunity to share joy and laughter with children who have experienced much sadness in their young lives. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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On Monday 8th April, Sabeel will hold their annual walk along the Contemporary Way of the Cross with the Palestinian community, in preparation for the Holy season of Easter. This walk joins together the suffering of Christ on the Cross with the suffering of Palestinians at present, and connects the stations of the Cross with contemporary issues of injustice within Israel and Palestine.

  • God, we ask that you be with those attending this year’s walk. Send your Holy Spirit to guide them as they remember the suffering Christ experienced as he was being led to the cross, and as they link the present suffering of the Palestinian people to it. Remind them too, God, that the joy of Easter Sunday follows the pain of Good Friday, and so too the present injustices in the world will end and you will have the final victory. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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Israeli authorities announced the cancellation of all family visits from Gaza to Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons on Monday, the 25th of March, until further notice. According to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, Palestinians are entitled to family visits, which can “only be limited for security reasons, on a case by case basis, but never for strictly punitive or disciplinary purposes.”

  • Lord, we pray for thousands of Palestinian prisoners and their family members. The families wait for so long to obtain permits to visit, they undertake long journeys to see their relatives and endure checks and delays while crossing Israeli checkpoints and at the prisons. Now families in Gaza have no hope of seeing their loved ones. We pray that this decision will soon be revoked. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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Fully armed Israeli soldiers forced their way into Haj Ziad Jaber School in the city of Hebron and took away a ten-year-old boy, claiming he had been throwing stones. Students in two elementary schools in Tuqu, southeast of Bethlehem, were frightened and had to be dismissed early after Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, tried to force their way onto the school premises.

  • Lord, you told us to “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:5). We pray that children in Palestine be allowed to attend school and complete their education without these constant attacks and disruption by the Israeli occupying forces. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

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The World Health Organization (WHO), has strongly condemned Israeli forces for killing the volunteer paramedic, Sajed Mizher. He was on duty on Wednesday, the 27th of March, at the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem.

  • Lord, we pray for the family of Sajed as they mourn his loss. We pray for the protection of the health workers who put their lives at risk to support and care for those in need. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.