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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 Lenten Prayers for Assistance for Gaza and for Justice in Accordance with International Law

February 24, 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 Tuesday, 24 February 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 Lenten season 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 February and 24 March 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.

********************************************************************************************************** In addition to the prayers offered for this season of Lent, APF offers a study provided by Churches Together in Ireland and Britain, which reflects on Christians of the Middle East. Leader 1: In this season of Lent, as we make our spiritual journey through the wilderness and prepare as a faith community to meet the risen Christ at Easter, we are reminded that God calls us to lives rooted in justice. We pray for a change of heart that we may be in right relationship with God and neighbor. Our fast is from indifference to people living in poverty and suffering oppression.

Leader 2: Let us pray for peace in Palestine and Israel, and healing and hope for our sisters and brothers in Gaza.

L1: O God, source of all goodness and compassion . . .

L2: Where people live with suspicion and fear, uncertainty and upheaval as their constant companions,

Congregation (C): grant that your holy and life-giving Spirit may move among us, breaking down walls that divide, giving light and courage to the refugee and the most vulnerable in society, and ushering in the day that all may live in safety and security.

L1: God of hope . . .

L2: when hearts are discouraged and tired, where political prisoners are separated from their loved ones, when husbands and wives are not permitted to live together because of unjust laws, when whole families despair because they have been forced out of their homes,

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

L1: O God, our creator . . .

L2: Where unemployment is staggeringly high, where many have difficult access to medical care and basic necessities, where land and water and other resources are taken illegally,

C: reveal your justice and life-preserving grace to us, opening our eyes, inspiring leaders to work for the common good. Embolden advocates and activists to speak truth to power. Strengthen teachers, social workers, pastors and bishops, scientists and lawyers, farmers and laborers, and all who help in the delivery of humanitarian services to ensure that everyone may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of the earth.

L1: God of peace . . .

L2: Where there is reliance on the force of arms to frighten, harm or subjugate a neighbor, where children cannot walk to school without the threat of being attacked along the way, where farmers cannot harvest their crops without being harassed,

C: grant that your righteousness and life-affirming presence be proclaimed, challenging 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.

L1: God of reconciliation . . .

L2: Where relationships are broken, where people are isolated – from each other and also from goods and services that alleviate suffering – and where political processes meant to restore dignity produce cynicism and anger,

C: grant that your mercy and life-restoring steadfastness may astound us, animating in us an eagerness to forgive and be forgiven. Empower individuals, communities, and nations to be generous and tenderhearted. Bless Palestinians and Israelis who dare to take risks for peace. Guide and refresh all those who accompany them.

L1: Open the eyes of Palestinians and Israelis so that they may witness your image in the eyes of the other and recognize that the freedom and security of one people is dependent on the freedom and security of the other.

L2: Accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen

 

Prayers for Justice in Accordance with International Law: January 2015

January 27, 2015 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST 24th of every month

Prayer Petitions for Justice in Accordance with International Law Saturday, 24 January 2015

On this day, we will pray again 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 the promotion and protection of human rights and the importance of non-violent means of pursuing justice in accordance with international law. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (USA), among others in the U.S. and elsewhere are encouraging their governments not to punish the Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) by withholding financial support.

During the month of February 2015, the ACT Palestine Forum will focus its awareness building and advocacy efforts on seeking justice in accordance with international law. As we move into a new year, 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, which will be shared during the APF prayer vigil for the 24th of February.

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.

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For peace in the church, among nations, in our homes, and in our hearts, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those whose lives have been torn apart by conflict in Palestine and Israel, we remember those who have died, those who are grieving, and those who have been injured. We remember this day especially those with limited access to food, shelter, electricity, heating fuel, and medical supplies in Gaza. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who work for peace, justice, healing, and protection under the law, and for those who promote respect for the rule of law and for one another as created equally in God’s image, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For Palestinians and Israelis, let their eyes and the eyes of the world be opened to see that the security and freedom of one people is dependent on the security and freedom of the other. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For leaders, politicians and elected officials, 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. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For judges, juries, human rights workers and lawyers, guard them from retribution and from corruption. Give them the spirit of wisdom so that they may perceive the truth and administer the law impartially as instruments of your divine will. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

May your holy and life-giving Spirit move every human heart, may the barriers that divide us crumble, suspicions disappear, and all oppression cease. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

For freedom from hatred, bitterness, and the denial of fundamental rights, fill us with love, truth, and justice, so that we can recognize and respect the dignity and the rights of all people. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

God of all, with wonderful diversity of languages and cultures you created all people in your image. Free us from prejudice and fear, that we may see your face in the faces of people next door and around the world. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, and through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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