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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: 24 January 2016 Prayers

January 23, 2016 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM

PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Prayer Petitions for the Restoration of Hope

Sunday, 24 January 2016 

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.

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose the courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

–Martin Luther King Jr.

As a new year begins, we hope for a better year than 2015. We hope that the coming of Christ into the world is not just remembered in one season, but throughout the year. We hope for an end to home demolitions and violence. We hope for Gaza to be rebuilt and for a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. We hope for an end to the Occupation and to the conflict. We hope that a separation wall is replaced with two countries coexisting, each free of fear and strife.
But we know that peace and justice take time. With the celebration of his birthday on January 18, we know that the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are just as relevant today as they were over 40 years ago. We know that the words “we shall overcome” are echoed in “black lives matter”. We know that the Palestinian refugees of 1948 are still waiting for their right to return. We know this, and we lose patience. Let us enter this new year with the faith to know that justice will have its season. But let us know that we are the instruments of peace, the voices calling for justice in Palestine and Israel, and throughout the world. This month, we join our prayers with Christian brothers and sisters of different traditions during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Between January 23 and January 31, Christian communities in Jerusalem will be joining in prayer and celebrating our unity in Christ. The theme this year, based on 1 Peter 2:9, is “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord”. As an international community, we give each other strength and encouragement as we work for peace and justice. Let our prayers and voices join together to celebrate the victories of justice, but continue to call for the right of justice to be for all.The prayers below are influenced by the material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Therefore, we invite you to use these prayers throughout the coming month. 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. Please use and distribute the PRAYERS below.   When we feel the darkness will never end and that the light will not come again; when someone is laid off for the color of their skin; when another young man or woman loses their life by the hand of oppression; when we have lost hope, Be with us Lord. When we cannot move forward one more step; when our cries for justice fall on deaf ears; when the occupying force raids a community yet again; when our energy and hope is drained, Refresh us Lord. When we march for equality; when we protest for basic rights; when the tear gas fills the streets and homes; when we accompany each other in daily life, Walk with us Lord. When our cause is advanced; when authorities stand trial for killing wrongfully; when settlers are removed from stolen land; when we have a victory, however small, Celebrate with us Lord. When we want to give up; when our protests are reported as riots; when families sit in the cold of a demolished house; when the frustration overtakes us and despair seeps in, Encourage us Lord. When we fall back to a culture of violence, war and injustice; when we resort to the violent methods of our oppressors; when our hands are raised with stones; when we fail to love our neighbors and enemies alike, Forgive us Lord. When we misuse power; when we become complacent to the injustices filling the world; when we set ourselves apart; when we hide in the dark away from our communities, Unite us Lord. When we start each day; when we worry if we will see our sons and daughters after they leave the house; when our brothers and sisters cross checkpoints every day in order to work or learn or visit family; when we wonder when the injustice will end, Give us hope Lord. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, the light that will overcome the darkness, Amen.   APF Prayers January 2016  

ACT Palestine Forum: Prayers 24 November 2015

November 24, 2015 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM 

PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST 

24th of every month 

Prayer Petitions for the Restoration of Hope

Tuesday, 24 November 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.

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."

-Desmond Tutu

 

This coming month, inspired by the Season of Advent, we offer prayers for the people of Palestine and Israel and for all who struggle to find hope and light even in the darkness of daily violence and injustice.  We pray for an end to the bloodshed and hostility, for healing and reconciliation, and for peace with justice. During the Advent Season, we are filled with hope for the coming of Christ's kingdom in the Holy Land and the world. We invite you to send your prayers to us throughout this month so that APF may share them with others via the APF website.

This month, the ACT Palestine Forum prayer vigil also coincides with the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution for the establishment of an "Arab State" and a "Jewish State" in Palestine.

The International Day of Solidarity provides an opportunity for the international community to focus its attention on the fact that the Palestinian people have yet to attain their inalienable rights, namely,the right to self-determination, the right to national independence, and the right of the displaced to return to their homes. Through this prayer vigil, we join the international community in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in steadfast hopefulness even in the darkest of days.

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.

Prayers for 24 November 2015 and the month following

L: We cry out to you in prayer, O Lord, for our brothers and sisters in Palestine and Israel who are paralyzed by injustice, fear, and violence. For those who live with suspicion instead of hope, and uncertainty instead of security,

C: We long for your holy and life-giving Spirit to restore hope, grant healing and bring lasting peace in the Holy Land.

L: When hearts are discouraged and tired, where political prisoners are separated from their loved ones, when whole families despair because they have been forced out of their homes, where children cannot walk to school without the threat of being attacked, where farmers cannot harvest their crops without being harassed,

C: Grant that your love and life-sustaining power will flow; encouraging, freeing, uniting and protecting all your children who struggle to keep hope alive.

L: When despair and hopelessness lead to heavier hurt and deeper divides in communities under occupation, when youth resort to hostility or depression as their only means to cope, when parents, struggling to keep their family fed, borrow money they cannot repay,

C: God of refuge and strength, restore hope to communities that are worn down by the daily hardships of occupation and sustain those who struggle to cope. Lead them from despair to hope and fill their hearts with your light.

L: When bullets, knives, tear gas, and grenades seem to rule the day, where hatred breeds indiscriminate violence and desperation brings senseless aggression,

C: We pray that Palestinians may see the image of God in Israelis and Israelis may see the image of God in Palestinians, so that they can recognize the humanity in each other. Challenge Israelis and Palestinians to follow a nonviolent path toward the end of the occupation and empower those who dare to take risks for peace.

L: O God of mercy and grace, you alone can remove the hearts of stone from our bodies and give us instead hearts of flesh. Do this, and more among us and among those who have power to make a difference in the land we call Holy. Stir up your Spirit in children and youth, mothers and fathers, prime ministers and prisoners.

C: Let your peace rest gently on our hearts and minds; grant that we may have the strength to work for peace and the grace to inspire others to live with hope.

L: O God of the exiles and the oppressed, you promise restoration and wholeness through the power of Jesus Christ. In this hope-filled Season of Advent, give us faith to live joyfully, sustained by your promises, as we eagerly await the day when they will be fulfilled for all the world to see, through the coming of your son, Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.

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