Inside Israel – A Prayer Request

Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today.  J of Jerusalem has sent this and asked for prayer, her heart always yearning to be right with His. What follows is not a pleasant read, so be warned. And thank you as always for your prayers for Israel and J!  Now, here’s J . . .

I just watched the evening news and it was announced that, after 12 years, the 2 who initiated the lynching in Ramalla in Oct 2000 of two Israelis, have confessed.  My reaction startled me…so I am asking for prayer.  I wrote a great deal during the intifada, which I guess you could say that we were part of…daily bombings all around us, some I was at, others we knew injured, killed, all of the funerals and faces and tears… But the one incident that had …done ‘something’ … in my heart…was this lynching.  I have known of ‘blood lust’… but I had never witnessed it before…and it ‘did something’ – the horror of it.  I saw these men pulled apart and mutilated and saw the rejoicing …rejoicing the likes of which I have NEVER seen…and it horrified me. 

Just now when the announcement was made I burst out crying and shaking.  The horror of it…it really goes beyond anything I have ever known.  I would just ask for prayer.  I went and looked and this was an excellent written account…and a link to a censured news video (NOT the one we were first shown – not so gruesome, but the rejoicing is here) is below.  Perhaps it is right to see it if you have not.  Thank you for prayer.  I want The Lord’s heart, not an emotional scaring and reaction.

Eyewitness to Ramallah Lynching

A British photographer working on a pictorial study of Palestinian refugees stumbled on the event after the initial attack in the Ramallah police station. He did not witness that aspect. He subsequently described what he did see in The Sunday Telegraph, a respected British daily newspaper. The following is an extract:

“I had arrived in Ramallah at about 10.30 in the morning and was getting into a taxi on the main road to go to Nablus, where there was to be a funeral that I wanted to film, when all of a sudden there came a big crowd of Palestinians shouting and running down the hill from the police station.
I got out of the car to see what was happening and saw that they were dragging something behind them. Within moments they were in front of me and, to my horror, I saw that it was a body, a man they were dragging by the feet. The lower part of his body was on fire and the upper part had been shot at, and the head beaten so badly that it was a pulp, like a red jelly.
I thought he was a soldier because I could see the remains of the khaki trousers and boots. My God, I thought, they’ve killed this guy. He was dead, he must have been dead, but they were still beating him, madly, kicking his head. They were like animals.
They were just a few feet in front of me and I could see everything. Instinctively, I reached for my camera. I was composing the picture when I was punched in the face by a Palestinian. Another Palestinian pointed right at me shouting ‘no picture, no picture!’, while another guy hit me in the face and said ‘give me your film!’
I tried to get the film out but they were all grabbing me and the one guy just pulled the camera off me and smashed it to the floor. I knew I had lost the chance to take the photograph that would have made me famous and I had lost my favourite lens that I’d used all over the world, but I didn’t care. I was scared for my life.
At the same time, the guy that looked like a soldier was being beaten and the crowd was getting angrier and angrier, shouting ‘Allah akbar’ – God is great. They were dragging the dead man around the street like a cat toying with a mouse. It was the most horrible thing that I have ever seen and I have reported from Congo, Kosovo, many bad places. In Kosovo, I saw Serbs beating an Albanian but it wasn’t like this. There was such hatred, such unbelievable hatred and anger distorting their faces.
The worst thing was that I realised the anger that they were directing at me was the same as that which they’d had toward the soldier before dragging him from the police station and killing him. Somehow I escaped and ran and ran not knowing where I was going. I never saw the other guy they killed, the one they threw out of the window.
I thought that I’d got to know the Palestinians well. I’ve made six trips this year and had been going to Ramallah every day for the past 16 days. I thought they were kind, hospitable people. I know they are not all like this and I’m a very forgiving person but I’ll never forget this. It was murder of the most barbaric kind. When I think about it, I see that man’s head, all smashed. I know that I’ll have nightmares for the rest of my life.”

There is far more joy learning to dance in the rain then in avoiding the storm.”

ani b’derek
Published in: on September 2, 2012 at 8:09 am  Comments (12)  
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  1. Good morning,
    I pray everyday for Jerusalem, and today I will pray more determinely for that soldier and his family. Scenes that you have described are pictures that will walk with you because they show how hate and unforgiveness can cause people to forget the humanity and respect of each individual person.
    It is really sorrowful and tragic.

  2. Thank you, dear Patricia, for such a compassionate comment and prayer. I am sending this on to J in Jerusalem, so that she can be lifted up too and know that you are praying for her! God bless you!

  3. I’m very sorry to hear this story. It’s the first I’ve ever heard of it… I pray for God’s peace on Israel, and that He will comfort your heart and mind by His grace.

  4. Obviously, Israel is in the midst of the greatest spiritual battle of all times. On the one side is the religion of Islam which is backed by Satan and hate while the other side is backed by the Lord and love. Sometimes, it seems like Satan and hatred wins a battle or two, but the war will be won by Jesus, the Lord God of Hosts, and love. Love never fails!

    We need to pray and ask the Lord to give us a deep love for the Palestinians. We, in our own strength, can not possible love them, but God loves them and He can give us His love for them.

  5. Thank you for your kind comment! J of Jerusalem doesn’t respond to the comments left here, but I do send them on to her, and she will be blessed! God bless you as you pray and love Him and others!

  6. Thank you, Mr. Larry, for you insight and prayer, always! God bless you and give you the strength needed to pray and love each day.

  7. Adding my prayers to everyone’s–sending love, sis Caddo

  8. Oh Sis . .this was a hard one. Thank you for coming and praying with that tender loving heart of yours. God bless you and hug you for me today! Sending you to J . .. ❤

  9. God bless you for sharing, Dearest Bridging-Deb

    I don’t know what to say … this is one of those ‘my spirit groans’ moments. 😦

    Adding my groanings and prayers


  10. I know this was a hard one, Ann full of grace. Thank you for your prayers as your spirit groans. God bless you immensely today!

  11. hello there
    i work at the refuge house mission of 10339A – 95 street edmonton alberta canada i did my community hours there
    the guys who run that mission are awesome John and Bob and Bill the 3 amigos
    those guys do good work
    they give free bread away and free vegetables and fruit and free drinks
    that house of refuge mission is a pleasent place to volunteer and to do community hours very nice guys who run that mission
    they need a new building soon they might get shut down because their building is falling apart
    i would be making a request to build John and Bob a new building for them so they can keep doing good work
    they do good work

  12. Thanks for letting us know about the important work going on there! God bless you!

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