Partners for Peace: Young Advocates Forum
Why a young advocates forum?
In Israel/Palestine now it is the young people who are changing the narrative and revealing the truth about what is happening on the ground that does not often get into our mainstream news. People like Atalya Ben Abba, an Israeli conscientious objector, who went to military prison for her refusal to join the Israeli army. You can watch her incredible story ‘Objector’ here.
Israel/Palestine often feels like a huge topic which can overwhelm us and make us think: What is it all about? What can we do? Watch this animated introduction to Israel/Palestine produced by Jewish Voice for Peace. The video talks about a worldwide movement of hundreds and thousands of people across the world who are working for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. By becoming a Sabeel-Kairos Partner for Peace you will be joining this worldwide movement.
Current issues/campaigns: Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan
Young people like Muna El-Kurd, and her twin brother Mohammed, are helping to make known to the world the unjust treatment of Palestinians. Muna and Mohammed have an Israeli settler from the USA living in part of their house, and are threatened with eviction from their home. Muna was arrested in June 2021 for peacefully protesting the theft of her home. Muna livestreams what is happening in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem, and has thousands of Instagram followers. It is the young people telling the stories that are starting to make the world sit up and listen.
Laura is a young international student worker who has learnt about the situation in Palestine through the work of Sabeel-Kairos UK. What she heard inspired her to pray for an end of the Israeli occupation and for peace in Palestine. While she prayed she remembered and honoured the lost, whilst celebrating freedom to come.
Here she explains the symbolism of her painting: “Breakfast on the beach: hope for Palestine.”
- The watermelon is a symbol of resistance.
- The flower in the tear gas vase, remembering and honouring the lost.
- The Palestinian Keffiyeh shows their intact identity and links with the original pattern from the fishing industry and I had John 1:12 on my mind whilst painting ‘ But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.’
- After decades of living in fear without rights or freedom I have painted a picture of hope for Palestine to enjoy their beaches and eat in peace with Jesus.
Annabelle’s story: Developing a passion for justice in Israel/Palestine
I am a Russian Christian who came to the UK to study in Leeds in 2018.
The two churches I attended before in Russia were both charismatic churches (Evangelical family of churches). Both of them had many things in common. They both believed in the idea of success and compulsory prosperity of a modern Christian. Moreover, they promoted ideas of only spiritual healing (all sicknesses come from the Devil) and non-negotiable obedience to leaders, as well, as “worshipping” of them. (more…)
How can you become a Partner for Peace?
Subscribe to the Sabeel ‘Wave of Prayer’
Receive regular updates from the ground in Palestine to inform your prayers.
Give regularly to our work
Regular donations large or small helps us to plan our work. Can you give £5, £10, £15 a month or more? You can donate quickly and securly here online: https://www.sabeel-kairos.org.uk/category/donate/
Join our young advocates forum (zoom)
If you are new to the topic of Israel/Palestine come and learn more and ask your questions. If you are already involved, meet with other young advocates to encourage, inspire and pray for each other in our work for a just peace. Contact our under 35’s engagement officer, Ruth Thomas on for more information or to join.