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Khalil Awawdeh was rushed by the Israeli Prison Service from Ramleh Prison to an Israeli hospital when his medical condition suddenly became critical. Khalil is forty years old and comes from Idhna, near Hebron. He has been on a hunger strike for 57 days in protest at his administrative detention order.

Lord, we pray that there may be an improvement in Khalil’s health and we pray that he may be released from his administrative detention order. We pray for justice and compassion from the Israeli authorities, that they will abandon the practice of issuing renewable administrative detention orders on Palestinian prisoners.
Lord, in your mercy.. hear our prayer

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The holiday on Sunday, the 1st of May, which is known as Labour Day, is marked with a public holiday in Palestine/Israel and in more than eighty other countries. Many Palestinians are constrained to pass through checkpoints to reach their place of work and from day to day they do not know what time they will reach their jobs. Many are forced to queue for hours in cramped and crowded conditions.

Lord, we pray for Palestinian people living under the occupation who are herded like cattle through checkpoints as they go to and from their work. We pray for an end to the occupation and for the inhumane constraints forced on Palestinian workers as they try to earn their livelihood and support their families.
Lord in your mercy.. hear our prayer

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A new Israeli government policy is set to come into force on Sunday, the 22nd of May which will further restrict the entry and residence of foreigners in the occupied West Bank.Palestinians who hold foreign passports will now be required to provide information to the Israeli authorities about relatives or friends they intend to visit and whether they own property or expect to inherit any property. Travellers wishing to visit Israeli settlers in the occupied Territories do not have to supply any information to the Israeli authorities.

Lord, it is deeply disturbing to see how the Israeli authorities are subjecting the Palestinian population, at home and in the diaspora, to more and more restrictions and surveillance. At the same time the authorities turn a blind eye to the way illegal Israeli settlements are rapidly expanding.
Lord, in your mercy… hear our prayer

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This year the Eid al-Fitr holiday will be celebrated by Muslims in Palestine and Israel on Monday the 2nd of May. The three-day feast marks the end of 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Many Palestinians will try to cross the Israeli military checkpoints to visit the Al Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem to worship during this special time. However, the Israeli authorities have imposed a military closure on the Westbank and the Gaza Strip because of the Israeli National holidays. 

Lord, we pray for peaceful family celebrations for Muslim families during the Eid of al-Fitr. We continue to pray that the Israeli authorities will not provoke violence through raids at the Al-Aqsa compound.
Lord, in your mercy.. hear our prayer

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Last week members of the Jewish faith were commemorating Passover. Jewish families gathered for Seder meals to remember the Israelites’ release from slavery in ancient Egypt, eating lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs and drinking wine.

  • Lord, we pray that Jews in Israel will be able to celebrate their religious festivals peaceably and that they may also respect the different faiths and holy sites of those who share their land.
    Lord, in your mercy…

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Last week the small Samaritan community of around eight hundred gathered at Mount Gerizim, overlooking the West Bank city of Nablus to celebrate Passover. The Samaritans trace their lineage back to the ancient Israelites who established themselves in the northern kingdom of biblical Samaria.

  • Lord Jesus, we remember how graciously you spoke to the Samaritan woman and offered her living water at Jacob’s Well, despite the enmity between Samaritans and Jews in those days. Help us, Lord, to reach out to others of different faith backgrounds with your love and grace.
    Lord, in your mercy..

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Thousands of Israeli settlers marched to the evacuated settlement outpost of Homesh, near Nablus on Tuesday, the 19th of April. They passed through several Palestinian villages before marching from a location near Homesh, which was built on land belonging to the Palestinian village of Burqa. Forty Palestinian protestors from Burqa were injured in clashes with Israeli forces sent to protect the settlers. The march took place despite the Israeli Supreme Court ruling stating that the settlement of Homesh is illegal, as the land belongs to private owners from Burqa.

  • Lord, we pray for an end to the provocative settler marches to the evacuated outpost of Homesh. We also pray for an end to the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as these settlements are illegal under international law.
    Lord, in your mercy…

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On Saturday, the 23rd of April the Israeli authorities announced the closure of the Erez Crossing, after rockets were fired by a splinter group from Gaza into Israel. The closure comes just before the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which will make it even harder for families in the enclave to survive. Israel carried out air raids in different areas of Gaza twice last week, in response to rocket attacks from Gaza.

  • Lord, we pray for a de-escalation in the tensions in Jerusalem, Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories. We pray for an end to the Israeli occupation and for an end to the isolation and impoverishment of the enclave of Gaza.
    Lord, in your mercy…

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In the past week more than two hundred people, mostly Palestinians, have been hurt in clashes in and around the Al-Aqsa compound. Many Palestinians have been outraged by the massive Israeli police deployment at the compound. They are also angered  by the repeated visits to the site by Jewish worshippers, who are permitted to enter, but may not pray there.

  • Merciful Father, we pray for an end to the use of force by the Israeli police in and around the Al-Aqsa compound and for the resulting injuries to staff and worshippers at the mosque. We pray for a calming in the spike of violence and that the Israeli authorities would act to maintain peace, rather than to provoke violence.
    Lord, in your mercy…

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Last weekend the Holy Saturday Service was celebrated across the Holy Land. Thousands of Palestinian Christians and pilgrims celebrated the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Resurrection – Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, even though the Israeli authorities had imposed new restrictions on attendance. The authorities sought to limit participation to 1,000 worshippers, over a 90% decrease from previous years. Palestinian Christians and Church leaders criticized this move as an infringement of the right to freedom of worship. The local community tried to fight their way across the barriers yet they were stopped by the Israeli forces.  

  • Lord Jesus, you suffered for us and have risen from the tomb. Alleluia! May Christian worshippers continue to celebrate your resurrection in the Holy Land in the years to come.
    Lord, in your mercy..