We hold in prayer everyone whose life has been affected by the recent wave of violence in the past weeks. We especially remember all of those injured or killed by the unclaimed bomb in West Jerusalem last Wednesday, by the Israeli air strike bombings of Gaza, by projectiles fired from Gaza into Israel, and by the continued settler and military violence and harassment of Palestinians in the West Bank. We pray for the time when children can play, students can go to school and people can live their daily lives without fear.
We pray for the ongoing nonviolent resistance to Israel's illegal occupation, colonization, and expropriation of land as people in Israel, Palestine and around the world commemorate Land Day on Wednesday, March 30, remembering the 1976 general strike and protests against massive land expropriation in which Israeli security forces killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. We also pray for equality for all of the citizens inside the state of Israel who suffer from growing racism and discrimination, most recently evidenced through newly-passed laws, including a law making it illegal for any body receiving public funds to commemorate the Nakba (the Arabic word for “catastrophe” by which Palestinians remember the events of 1948); a law allowing small communities in Israel to screen potential new residents who do not “fit with the social fabric” of the community; and a law enabling Israel's Supreme Court to revoke the citizenship of anyone not considered loyal to the state.
We continue to pray for all those calling for greater freedoms and reforms, especially for the people of Syria and Jordan as government responses to protests turn more violent and deadly. We pray that Jordan's announcements of future reforms and the Syrian cabinet's resignation on Tuesday will be followed with more serious reforms and democratic changes.
Ten leaders from Kairos Palestine, including Rev. Naim Ateek, will be travelling around South Africa in the coming week in order to inform South Africans about the work of Kairos Palestine and to share with each other their respective Kairos moments. We pray for smooth travels to and in South Africa, and that this will be an enlightening and inspiring time to learn from each other's work for equality in their own contexts.