Prayers, minds and hearts across the world were focused on the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel during an online ecumenical gathering hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on September 14.
Reflecting on the week-long theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” the special service included prayers, songs, and Biblical readings that reflected on the vital importance of realizing peace in the region.Read more
An online morning prayer hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 14 September will be specially focused on the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, observed this year from 13-21 September.
The theme for the week this year is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility.” The WCC is inviting member churches and all people of good will to attend the service online to hear prayers, songs, and Biblical readings that reflect on the vital importance of realizing peace in the region.Read more
This spring, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would proceed with formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, CMEP launched its Churches Against Annexation campaign to ensure there was a clear Christian voice opposing annexation. Throughout the summer, CMEP has continued our advocacy with Congressional offices, bringing the voices of supporters along to press Congress to ensure U.S. policy does not provide diplomatic cover for or fund annexation. As of this writing, the Israeli government has not yet proceeded with formal annexation, though Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made clear in an interview that he remains committed to his annexation plans.Read more
Three young children were burnt to death in a fire in the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza on Tuesday, the 1st of September. The fire is thought to have been caused by candles which were lit in the house during one of the frequent power cuts in the territory.
Dear Lord, we pray for the horrific deaths by fire of Yousef, Mohammad and Mahmoud Al-Hazeen. We pray for the family as they grieve their loss. We pray for the people of Gaza who have had to subsist on just a few hours of electrical power each day, due to the lack of fuel deliveries to the only power plant there. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.Read more
Update from the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) of the Middle East Council of Churches
The world is still in a situation of absolute crisis, and so is the Middle East. While Beirut is trying to recover from the catastrophe of its port explosion, the first four cases of virus infection occurred for a family of four in a crowded refugee camp in Gaza. The virus was under control in Gaza since infections started in March across Palestine and Israel. All reported cases were in the quarantine areas close to the border with Egypt and those entering from Erez Checkpoint were all tested and those with symptoms were quarantined. The system of control worked for Gaza until this past week. Gaza is now on complete lockdown till Monday 31st of September. It is expected that the lockdown will be extended.Read more
YWCA of Palestine live discussion: "Protection of Youth against All Forms of Marginalization, Exclusion and Violence"
The YWCA of Palestine invites you to join a virtual discussion around the "Protection of Youth against All Forms of Marginalization, Exclusion and Violence: Causes and Means", which will be live streamed on its Facebook page on Monday, Sept. 07, 2020 from 7:00 - 8:30 am Eastern US time. The discussion will shed light on the reality of Palestinian youth and the challenges they face that hinder their active participation on all levels; social, political and economic. The panelists will also discuss the best means of protecting young people and supporting them to overcome their challenges and will touch on the training manuals the association has produced around UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. This is part of a series of virtual discussions that the YWCA will conduct in line with its mission towards promoting the role of youth, especially young women, in the Palestinian society and in accordance with the YWCA's international youth conference, which was held in 2018 under the title "Youth Participate and Youth Decide: Towards Freedom and Justice."
In the Gaza Strip a lockdown has been extended for a further 72 hours after the number of patients suffering from Covid-19 rose to 25 cases. The Ministry of Health in the Occupied West Bank announced that they were ready to provide Gaza with any equipment it required to limit the outbreak.
Dear Lord, we pray for the people of Gaza, that this lockdown and other precautionary measures will help to limit the outbreak of the pandemic in this overcrowded land, which continues to suffer impoverishment from the Israeli blockade. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.Read more
The Link, published on a bi-monthly basis, is Americans for Middle East Understanding's primary education and information tool. More than 175 issues of The Link have followed since the first issue in 1968.
The Link archive constitutes a body of informed commentary, fact and anecdotal evidence that is all the more valuable for writers, researchers and historians because each issue (for the most part) covers only one subject.
In the current issue, Ian Lustick, who holds the Bess Hayman Chair in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, writes, "With the hullabaloo surrounding Israel’s supposedly imminent 'annexation' of portions of the West Bank, one might imagine that the parts of Palestine occupied in 1967 were not long ago integrated into the State of Israel. They were. Failure to internalize this one-state reality leads politicians, diplomats, activists, and non-expert observers into dangerous errors.Read more
In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the globe and as the struggle against historic and systemic injustice and oppression is revived, the circumstances of Palestinians living under occupation continue to worsen. The threat of Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is an example of the decades of policies that have denied Palestinians their basic human and civil rights. Join us on Wednesday, September 16 at 1 PM Eastern US for a special webinar conversation with two Palestinian Christian leaders, Rifat Kassis and the Rev. Munther Isaac, as they discuss the current reality, the situation of Palestinian Christians, and the recently-issued “Cry for Hope,” a letter to the world calling for attention and action to challenge injustice and to seek change to which UCC and Disciples leaders have responded. This webinar is scheduled to take place during the World Council of Churches’ World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel.Read more
On Tuesday, the 18th of August the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant halted operations due to an Israeli ban on fuel, along with most other goods, entering the enclave which is under Israeli blockade and bombardment. The Israeli action came as part of the punitive measures enforced over the launch of incendiary balloons and rockets from Gaza. Hospitals, businesses, and homes in Gaza will have to rely on generators and solar power to make up for the power cuts.
Lord, we pray for the people of Gaza as they try to survive under the crippling Israeli blockade. We pray that the Israeli authorities will have mercy at this time of pandemic crisis and allow the restoration of fuel supplies to Gaza, before a humanitarian crisis breaks out. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.Read more