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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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Prayers for Gaza: 24 October 2014

October 23, 2014 –

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

 

Prayer Petitions for Gaza Friday, 24 October 2014

  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 are for healing, justice, and hope in Gaza. During the month of October, the ACT Palestine Forum has focused its awareness building and advocacy efforts on Gaza. Our efforts and attention will continue to be directed towards Gaza during the month of November. We invite you to prepare and send prayer petitions for Gaza, which will be shared during the APF prayer vigil for the 24th of November. APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find -- and also contribute -- updates on Gaza, as well as photos, stories, advocacy ideas and special prayers for Gaza. ************************************************************************************************************

 A Prayer for Gaza

‘If these were silent the stones would shout out.’  (Luke 19:40)

After the sounds of bombs, the crash of tumbling stone to rubble, and the cries of the wounded and grieving, let voices be lifted in prayer.

When shrapnel has broken flesh, as even cemeteries and schools lie ruined and streets and houses are turned to dust, may there be hope stirring somehow still.

After parents have lifted children from rubble, seen businesses built over years destroyed, and ambulances without room for all the injured, help us still to believe that change will come.

May peace be our prayer and our pledge, and open our lips to protest and press for the different sound of a justice-shaped peace, so that the streets and stones, may ring with the sounds of a new freedom, and all wounds be healed.

Prayer contributed by Christian Aid UK

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Prayers for Peace in the Middle East

September 4, 2014 – O God, You are Peace and from you is peace. Blessed are You, O Lord of Majesty and Generosity. O God, bind our hearts together. Set aright relations among us. Guide us in the way of peace. Deliver us from darkness into light. Separate us from vile deeds, whether secret or open. Bless us in our hearing and our sight in our hearts. Grant repentance, for you are the All-Relenting, the Mercy-Giving. And enable us to be thankful for Your grace, and to glorify You for Your grace, and to be accepting of it. And perfect Your grace in us. Amen. A prayer from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. A time for silence Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign within its borders, health and happiness within its homes. Strengthen the bonds of friendship among the inhabitants of all lands, and may the love of Your name hallow every home and every heart. Blessed is the Eternal God, the Source of peace. Amen. A prayer from Gates of Prayer (p. 695), a book of Jewish prayers. A time for silence God of peace and hope, encourage those who seek to establish a fair and just peace in the Middle East. Bless their efforts as they work to end conflict. Lead those who engage in violence to put down their weapons to live in harmony with one another. Bless those who work for peace through justice. Strengthen their resolve in the face of seemingly endless violence and terror. Guide the leaders of the peoples of the Middle East to know Your will and to support a just peace for all Your children. As we lift up the Holy Land for all humankind, breathe love into our prayers with a desire for nothing other than peace: peace in our hearts, peace for all creation, and peace for the land. We lift up the city of Jerusalem, distracted and divided, yet still filled with promise as are all the cities of the world. Even as we long to understand that which is often beyond our comprehension, we lay before you the hearts, minds and bodies of all those suffering from the conflict in Palestine and Israel. Shower upon all the people, Your Holy Spirit of justice and reconciliation. Be with Jewish and Palestinian people who watch from afar the suffering of their families and friends. Grant them comfort and hope in these stress-filled days. Amen. A time for silence Your own prayers for peace can be offered at this time. You may pray where and how you feel most comfortable. Candles can be offered to add light to prayers. Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in judgment, and guarded in speech. Be a lamp to those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light to the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility. Amen Stay as long as you wish. Please leave in silence.   Prayers offered by Pamela Challis pjschallis@gmail.com  

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