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Welcome to the ACT Palestine Forum (APF). Our objective is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance and development work being undertaken by members through improved coordination. One of the projects of the APF is to conduct joint advocacy on behalf of the members of the forum.

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A prayer vigil sponsored by the ACT Palestine Forum and devoted to peace in the Middle East is held on the 24th of every month.  Please join the vigil.  Click here to find out if others near you are already participating or to start up a group. 

An overarching goal of the ACT Palestine Forum is to contribute to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We call the global Christian communities and Churches to engage and to act to help ending the occupation. APF encourages positive actions from the global Christian communities to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law. We call for the application of the relevant international resolutions concerning the Palestinian cause on all parties involved. We call for the principle of having a state for all its citizens, based on respect of religion, equality, justice, freedom and respect for pluralism.

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APF’s choice in the face of the occupation is to resist it, for the good of the enemy and for our own good. Our resistance will remain: creative non-violent resistance, such as advocacy, popular resistance, perseverance, and economic boycott of all the occupation products, and all peaceful ways of pressure on the Israeli leaders so that they enter the ways of peace and justice.

“We believe in a good and just God and that his goodness will triumph over the evil of hatred and death that persist in our land. Only then will we see in Jerusalem “a new earth” and a “new human being” capable of loving all his/her brothers and sisters in this land.” – Kairos Palestine

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Palestinian man pouring water for sheeps from a water cistern reconstructed during a joint DCA and YMCA project assisting the vulnerable communities in Area C in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Palestinian man pouring water for sheeps from a water cistern reconstructed during a joint DCA and YMCA project assisting the vulnerable communities in Area C in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Unit which strives to identify women with breast cancer at an early stage so they may be referred to AVH for treatment with better outcomes. Photo by M. Brown
The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital operates a Mobile Mammography Unit which strives to identify women with breast cancer at an early stage so they may be referred to AVH for treatment with better outcomes. Photo by M. Brown
A pediatric dialysis patient at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital proudly displays the coloring she has done as part of the psycho-social care facilitated for children in the hospital’s Specialized Child Care Center. Photo by K.Brown
A pediatric dialysis patient at the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital proudly displays the coloring she has done as part of the psycho-social care facilitated for children in the hospital’s Specialized Child Care Center. Photo by K.Brown
A trainee at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training Program concentrates on his instructor’s advice for learning the important skill of drafting. Photo by K. Brown
A trainee at the Lutheran World Federation’s Vocational Training Program concentrates on his instructor’s advice for learning the important skill of drafting. Photo by K. Brown
Students in the East Jerusalem village of Bethany proudly receive school supplies distributed by the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by B. Moyer
Students in the East Jerusalem village of Bethany proudly receive school supplies distributed by the Lutheran World Federation. Photo by B. Moyer
As part of its commitment to protect the rights of those most marginalized, the LWF promotes access to educational loans and grants awarded to Palestinian youth, such as Dr. Maysa’a Sea’fan, who received a scholarship to study medicine at Al-Quds University and has become one of three female obstetricians/gynecologists serving in Hebron. Photo by B. Moyer
As part of its commitment to protect the rights of those most marginalized, the LWF promotes access to educational loans and grants awarded to Palestinian youth, such as Dr. Maysa’a Sea’fan, who received a scholarship to study medicine at Al-Quds University and has become one of three female obstetricians/gynecologists serving in Hebron. Photo by B. Moyer

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ACT Palestine Forum Prayers: 24 August 2015

August 24, 2015 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM 

PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

24th of every month

Prayer Petitions for Cessation of Demolitions, Assistance for Gaza, and for Justice in Accordance with International Law

Monday, 24 August, 2015

Every day in the month ahead, we continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month.

On 21 August, 2015, AIDA released a press statement containing 31 signatures from international organizations condemning the increase in demolitions of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Since the beginning of the year, over 350 Palestinian structures have been demolished by the Israeli Army.

Last week alone, at least 63 homes and basic structures were demolished, leaving 132 people homeless, including 82 children.

“Demolitions are pushing Palestinians to the brink and destroying prospects for peace. Instead of developing their communities and their livelihood, thousands of Palestinians in Area C are living in misery with the constant fear that tomorrow, their home could be gone and they could be forced to leave their land,” said Catherine Essoyan, Oxfam’s Regional Chair.

This month, we lift up prayers for our displaced sisters and brothers, and for those still suffering in Gaza. We focus on the urgent need for humanitarian assistance to provide the basic needs of shelter, water, and food, the promotion and protection of human rights, to uphold and support lives of dignity, and the importance of non-violent means of pursuing justice in accordance with international law.

During the month between 24 August and 24 September 2015, the ACT Palestine Forum will focus its awareness building and advocacy efforts on seeking justice in accordance with international law in relation to the loss of homes and structures for humanitarian necessities, and for the recovery of Gaza. We will continue to pray for Palestinians and Israelis, and advocate for non-violent means of pursuing justice. We invite you to prepare and send prayer petitions for us to share on the APF website.

APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find, and also contribute, updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas, and special prayers.

Prayer for 24 August 2015 and the month following:

For children, women, and men of every race who are denied education, health care, jobs, housing, hope and dignity, Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those in our communities and around the world, whose lives are dominated by violence, despair and mistrust, for those who are lonely and desperate, sick in body and soul, and for those who are weary from pain and in need of your healing touch, Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For children who cannot walk to school without the threat of being attacked along the way, for farmers who cannot harvest their crops without being harassed, for families who fear the destruction of their homes and other structures which provide basic humanitarian needs, Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those who rely on the force of arms to frighten, harm or subjugate a neighbor; for those who find it necessary to deny the rights of their neighbors to feel secure, Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For those who have suffered the tortures of slavery, displacement, war and the tyranny of oppression, who have been beaten, and unjustly imprisoned; for those whose lives have been choked by economic and social injustice, we grieve with them, especially our brothers and sisters in Gaza and throughout Palestine and Israel, and pray for their healing and rejuvenation, Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For the people who are discouraged, distressed, weary, and mourning as they seek peace, for those who feel hopeless in the face of destroyed buildings, uprooted trees, uprooted lives, Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

For caring hands and passionate voices, that they may be strengthened for service and advocacy, we give you thanks, Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayers.

Look with mercy, gracious God, upon people everywhere who live with injustice, terror, destruction, displacement, oppression, and death as their constant companions. Rouse us from our complacency and help us to challenge Israelis and Palestinians to follow a nonviolent path toward the end of the occupation, agitating for the protection of human rights, and comforting those whose lives have been afflicted by abuse and violence. Strengthen those who seek equality for all. Grant that everyone may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of the earth; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For a printable version, click here Prayer Vigil August 2015 pdf.

ACT Palestine Forum Prayers: 24 June 2015

June 23, 2015 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST 24th of every month  Prayer Petitions for Assistance for Gaza and for Justice in Accordance with International Law

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

  On this day and in the month ahead, we will continue to pray with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month.  Our prayers this month focus on Gaza and the urgent need for humanitarian assistance, the promotion and protection of human rights and the importance of non-violent means of pursuing justice in accordance with international law. During the month between 24 June and 24 July 2015, the ACT Palestine Forum will continue to focus its awareness building and advocacy efforts on Gaza and on seeking justice in accordance with international law. We will continue to pray for Israelis and Palestinians and advocate for non-violent means of pursuing justice. We invite you to prepare and send prayer petitions for us to share on the APF website. APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find and also contribute updates, photos, stories, advocacy ideas and special prayers. **************************************************************

Almighty God, our deliverer, defender of the injured and suffering; when the foundations of the earth are shaking, give strength to all your people to uphold justice and safeguard the rights and lives of the most vulnerable in society.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray not for Arab or Jew, nor for Palestinian or Israeli, but pray rather that we might not divide them in our prayers, but keep them together as one humanity in our hearts.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of Justice, bless our Christian, Muslim, and Jewish sisters and brothers who work for peace through justice. Strengthen our resolve to advocate for an end to the Occupation and to the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians in the face of seemingly endless violence and tragedy.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Guide leaders, politicians and elected officials so that may they realize that the security and peace we all long for will not come through violence and the force of arms.  Strengthen those who tirelessly seek truth and reconciliation and empower those who embrace non-violent means of pursuing justice in accordance with international law.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, we cry to you from the depths of our beings for all those wrongly imprisoned or held captive; for those trying to secure their release, that the ways of peace and diplomacy may prevail over acts of violence and aggression, that their captors may know a change of heart; through him who was sent to proclaim liberty for captives and to set free those who are oppressed,

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God, our refuge and strength, you have bound us together in a common life. In all our conflicts, help us to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, without calls for revenge, to listen for your voice amid competing claims, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect to end all violence, hate and bloodshed.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

O God of all, with wonderful diversity of languages and cultures you created all people in your image. Free us from prejudice, racism, and fear, that we may see your face in our neighbors of every land and race, and that we may strengthen our resolve to speak out when the human rights of our neighbors are crushed.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Holy One, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your people, but in Jesus you bear that pain with all who suffer at others’ hands. With your cleansing love bring healing and strength to the people of the Holy Land; and by your justice, lift them up, that in body, mind, and spirit, they may again rejoice.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, your healing power is everywhere about us. Strengthen those who work among the sick and wounded; give them courage and confidence in all they do. Encourage them when their efforts seem futile or when death prevails. We rejoice that your love is stronger than death, and your passion more fierce than the grave. And yet at this time we mourn with the families of those whom you have drawn into your eternal embrace.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and aid and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd. Give them caution and concern for one another so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, bless public servants, journalists, and human rights workers that they may do their jobs in a spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice. Help them use their vocations to bring an end to killing, oppression, and suffering, and to use their positions to promote tolerance and the common good.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Gracious God, in times of sorrow and depression, when hope itself seems lost, help us remember the transforming power of your steadfast love and to give thanks for that new life we cannot now imagine; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

 

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