Shireen Hilal of Bethlehem Bible College says this is one of the most difficult times in Palestinian history. “The Palestinians have been struggling with the occupation, with injustice, and peace talks with no peace. All these things happen because of occupation: unemployment, a lack of jobs, and a lack of good education. The educational system is really bad, the health system is really bad, and then comes COVID-19.”
Palestine is seeing more cases of COVID-19 right now than at any other time of the pandemic. This is especially bad news for businesses that rely heavily on tourism.
In a letter to Christian leaders from the United States, Palestinian Christian leaders say peace between Israel and Arab states means little if peace doesn’t apply to Israel’s own Palestinian neighbors. They point out that annexation of Palestinian land continues, whether officially sanctioned or not. The letter ends this way:
“Real peace is to support the ‘poor’ and to say ‘no’ to the injustice inflicted by the ‘powerful’ on the weak. In this way, churches should lobby their governments to put an end to this prolonged tragedy of the peoples of the Holy Land.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the peace of Jesus Christ will come to Palestine, and their oppression will end.
- Ask God to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Palestinian territory.