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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: 24 February 2016 Prayers

February 24, 2016 –

ACT PALESTINE FORUM

PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Prayer Petitions for the Season of Lent 

Wednesday, 24 February 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.

This month, we lift up prayers for our sisters and brothers in Israel and Palestine who live under continued acts of violence and humiliation. We focus our prayers this month on the time of fasting in Lent, and how we can turn our sacrifice towards the needs of others. We continue to pray for a just and lasting peace solution in Israel and Palestine. 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.  

PRAYERS

L1: 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 alike. Our fast is from indifference to people living in poverty and suffering oppression. L2: Let us join together with our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel, as we do on the 24th of every month, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, of Israel, and of Palestine. L1: O God, our creator… L2: Where people live with suspicion and fear, violence and retaliation, uncertainty and upheaval as their constant companions, C: Grant that your holy and life-breathing Spirit may move among us, breaking down walls that divide, building up shattered lives and homes, giving light to the refugee and courage to the most vulnerable members of society, 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 workers and students cross checkpoints daily in order to work or learn or visit family, when whole families despair as their homes are demolished before their eyes, C: Grant that your love and life-sustaining power will fill your children, encouraging, energizing, freeing, uniting and protecting all who struggle to keep hope alive. L1: O God, source of all goodness and compassion… 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-giving 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 access their fair portion of the abundance of our shared 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 and never restored, where people are isolated from each other and from the goods and services that alleviate suffering, where political processes meant to restore dignity produce only cynicism, anger, and indifference, 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.   A printable PDF version of the prayers: APF Prayers February 2016  

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-PDF Version  

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