This week participants of the monthly Open Forum, a project of the Sabeel Community Program, will discuss topics brought up during the recent Sabeel Women’s Conference in Bethlehem in order to give those who were not present at the conference the chance to reflect and activate new ideas within the community. Let us pray for equality, respect, and perseverance among all members of our society.
This Sunday, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel published a report outlining the “direct impact of Jewish settlement in Palestinian neighborhoods on the human rights of the original local residents” in East Jerusalem. The report determines that Israeli authorities including the police, the Housing Ministry, and the Jerusalem Municipality have contributed to steady violations of basic human rights and a serious disruption of the Palestinian way of life in the city. We pray that this report will inspire new advocates to speak out for justice.
Recently there has been an increase in cases of domestic violence in both Israel and the West Bank. Tensions and conflict within the community and the family are painful indicators of the state of our society today, and as we call on local leaders to make peace in their communities, we pray for strength and love.
This week Israelis and Palestinians will be observing two major religious holidays: the Muslim Eid al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. May this time of feasting and celebration bring a measure of peace to the friends and families of this land.