In response to Cry for Hope, the urgent call to end the oppression of the Palestinian people issued by Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice, the General Ministers and Presidents of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, as well as the Co-Executives of Global Ministries, have released a "Message and Call in Response to the Kairos Palestine Cry for Hope. The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Ministers and Presidents of the Disciples and UCC, respectively, and the Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson, Co-Executives of Global Ministries, having received the Cry for Hope, have taken the opportunity to reach out to members of the two churches. In their message, they offer ways that the Cry for Hope can be studied and acted on by church members. They also reiterate their strong opposition to anticipated Israeli efforts to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, and to occupation.Read more
There has been a spike of Covid19 infections across Palestine, including outbreaks in Nablus and Hebron. 195 new infections were recorded on Sunday, 28th June and this resurgence in cases has necessitated lockdowns throughout the West Bank, including a 2-day lockdown of Bethlehem, the banning of all weddings, and the closure of churches and mosques across the West Bank.
Lord, we ask that wisdom would be granted to all those with responsibility to try to contain these new outbreaks of the coronavirus in the occupied Palestinian Territories. We pray for the recovery of those people who have been infected. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.Read more
Please join Brad Parker, Co-leader of the #nowaytotreatachild campaign and Senior Adviser for Policy and Advocacy at Defense for Children International - Palestine, for a webinar on June 30 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. He will share updates on the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons and provide an overview of the Israeli military law framework, including how it relates to the annexation of the West Bank. He will also highlight how the Israeli military law and military court system fail to ensure or guarantee fundamental human rights.Read more
Black Lives Matter
A Declaration of Solidarity
Love is seeing the face of God in every human being. Every person is my brother or my sister. However, seeing the face of God in everyone does not mean accepting evil or aggression on their part. Rather, this love seeks to correct the evil and stop the aggression. (Kairos Palestine: a confession of faith and call to action from Palestinian Christians, 4.2.1)
Kairos Palestine expresses its unequivocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone working for racial justice in USA, the demands of which have resonated in communities around the world.Read more
The Palestinian Health Minister warned of a sudden spike in the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in the occupied Palestinian Territories on Thursday, the 18th of June. Medical officials have recorded 45 new cases, bringing the total number to 745. Since the 5th of March, 570 patients have recovered, 5 people have died and 170 are still receiving treatment. The six hospitals in East Jerusalem have just received essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment from the European Union and the World Health Organization for frontline staff.
Dear Lord, we are thankful for the timely donation of medical supplies to help health workers in East Jerusalem hospitals to support those suffering from coronavirus. We pray for their protection as they carry out the treatments. We also pray for all those who have lost loved ones to the virus. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.Read more
WCC: Church leaders across the globe express deep concern over Israeli plan to annex parts of West Bank
Originally posted by the World Council of Churches on June 17, 2020.
Church leaders from across the world are expressing their grave concern over the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster published a “Joint Statement on Annexation” on 12 June, delivered to both the Israeli ambassador and the British prime minister. Welby and Nichols expressed their opposition to any move by the government of Israel to annex West Bank territory after 1 July 2020.
Welby and Nichols “unambiguously support the fundamental right of Israel’s citizens to live in peace and safety but these prospects can only be secured through negotiation rather than annexation.” It is essential that both Israelis and Palestinians may live without violence or the threat of violence from each other or other armed groups, they emphasised. “We continue to believe that negotiation is the only way to secure a genuine two-state solution in the Holy Land.”Read more
As anti-racism protests have swept across the United States following the horrific police killing of George Floyd on May 25, Palestinians have joined the thousands around the world rallying in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can't breathe.” This painful moment has served as a reminder that, 157 years after the abolishment of slavery in the US and 57 years since Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington, Black Americans still face daily injustice and discrimination, police brutality, and systemic racism.
The message of the Black Lives Matter movement has resonated beyond the United States, and demonstrations calling for an end to inequality and racial violence have taken place in hundreds of cities across the globe. In Palestine, where the reality of unrelenting oppression is all too familiar for Palestinians, solidarity has been proclaimed loudly and courageously, such as in a statement by the Palestinian advocacy organization Adalah Justice Project saying, “This rebellion is rooted in love. To protest for Black life, to demand dignity, to cry out for justice, is love.”Read more
According to a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, dated the 2nd of June, there have been 630 Palestinians who have contracted COVID 19 in the occupied Palestinian Territories. The Palestinian Authority acted swiftly to curb the pandemic with curfews, travel bans, and school closures. These actions kept COVID 19 cases at a low level, with five deaths reported and only one of them occurring in Gaza. The state of emergency announced on the 5th of March was ended on the 25th of May and the lock-down was eased, though physical distancing and health protection measures are still advised.
Lord, we are thankful for the prompt action of the Palestinian Authority to protect those living in Palestine and Gaza. We pray for the many families across the world who have lost loved ones and we pray that, before long, the pandemic will cease to cause such devastation. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24-39
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
Jesus, when you spoke of times of trial to come, you didn’t mince words: hatred, betrayal, persecution, hidden secrets revealed, sparrows falling, hairs counted, a sword, and family division. During this time of trial—pandemic threat, political divide, created chaos and violence around the world—calm our hearts and clear our minds as you open our ears to hear you say again, “Be not afraid.”Read more
As numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases increase in Israel (mainly from infections in schools), four new cases were registered by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, the 4th of June, raising the total number of cases in Palestine to 640. Three of the cases were recorded near Jenin, while the fourth was in Gaza. The coronavirus has led to an abrupt decline in economic activity and many Palestinians have lost their livelihoods.
Dear Lord, we pray for all those who have been affected by the pandemic in Palestine/Israel and around the world. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones, those who are struggling to recover and those who have lost their income as a result of the economic downturn. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayer.Read more