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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
painof 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.