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Father, we pray for the innocent people of Gaza who are being caught in the crossfire of this war. You love them dearly, so we pray that You would free them from the evil grasp of Hamas. Let them come to know and love You!
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The people of Gaza are suffering in the middle of a brutal war. However, it is essential to remember who is responsible for this conflict.

From The Christian Post. After his victorious bout in a major combat sports event this past Saturday night, UFC fighter Bassil Hafez said, “There is something I wanna say. I have been having it in my heart for a long time. I don’t support genocide. I don’t support innocent women and children being killed for war and for money and power. We are all God’s children, and we all deserve a fair chance in life. Free Palestine.”

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While Hafez didn’t mention Israel by name, his message was clear. Israel is committing genocide. Israel (with America’s help?) is killing “innocent women and children … for war and for money and power.” Israel is not giving the Palestinians “a fair chance in life.” Palestine must be free from tyrannical, murderous Israel.

To be sure, I share his sentiments that “we are all God’s children” (in terms of being His creation; see Acts 17:28), that everyone deserves a fair chance at life, and that it is absolutely tragic that innocent women and children are dying in Gaza.

And given Hafez’s ethnic background, it is no surprise that he uttered those words. As the Essentially Sports website explains, “While Bassil was born in America and holds an American nationality, he comes from a mixed Arab ethnic background. His mother was Syrian Arab, while his father was also Arab, hailing from Egypt.”

No wonder, then, as a caring man who “is very proud of his mixed Arab cultural heritage,” he used his platform on live, national TV to speak his mind.

The tragic truth is that, if not for Hamas, innocent women and children would not be dying in Gaza. And, as outlandish as the genocide charge is, if not for Hamas, Israel would not be waging war in Gaza right now at all. Those are undeniable facts.

As for the actual number of casualties in Gaza, it is significant that on May 13, it was announced that, “The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which releases impact reports on the situation in Israel and Gaza every two to three days, revised its tallies last week to show that approximately 5,000 women and 7,800 children have been killed as of April 30.”

As explained by Nick Logan for CBC News, “The overall number of Palestinians killed hasn’t changed, but from the end of March until last week, OCHA reported the deaths of at least 9,500 women and 14,500 children.

“Its Friday update said that as of May 9, there were 34,904 reported fatalities in Gaza since Oct. 7, the day Hamas-led militants attacked Israel. Soon after, the Israeli military began bombarding the territory with airstrikes. It launched a ground operation in the weeks that followed.”

This is not to downplay the very real and terrible suffering being endured by the people of Gaza. Not for a moment. Nor is it to make light of the fact that, even with revised figures, thousands of women and children are being killed.

But I cite these figures to remind us that no genocide is taking place. Far from it. I also cite these figures to remind us how these numbers need to be treated with caution.

Digging even deeper into these figures, we must remember that: 1) the fatalities are being reported by Hamas, as if they can be trusted to be accurate and fair; 2) the totals include people who died for any cause, which would likely amount to roughly 1,000 per month without war; 3) they do not list how many of those who died were Hamas combatants.

Since Israel claims to have killed roughly 15,000 members of Hamas, this would actually be more than the number of women and children killed, meaning that the civilian death rate could be as low as 1 to 1.

This would be an extraordinarily low civilian death rate given the difficult nature of the warfare, one in which nearly 20% of Israeli soldiers are being killed by friendly fire.

Yes, you read that correctly. Nearly 20%.

Even more tragically, Israeli soldiers mistakenly shot and killed three Israeli hostages who had managed to escape from their Gazan captors. Talk about an agonizing mistake.

The point is that if Israel is accidentally killing its own due to the complexities of urban warfare, especially when Hamas embeds itself among civilians, it is no surprise that innocent Palestinians are being killed too, including Christians taking shelter in a church and aid workers.

This is no genocide, and to this moment, Israel continues to work hard to minimize civilian casualties. This is the price of war, which falls squarely on the shoulders of Hamas, the murderous, barbaric provocateurs of the conflict.

What we cannot forget, then, is that the people of Gaza are suffering because of Hamas, not because of Israel.

Just think of what the situation could be today for the people of Gaza if their oppressive, radical Islamic leadership had poured the hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid they receive into schools and hospitals and job development rather than terror tunnels and weapons. And just think of how the Gazans could be thriving with leadership that truly wanted peaceful coexistence with Israel.

If you want to free Palestine, then help free it from Hamas.

Share your prayers for the people of Gaza below.

This article was originally published at The Christian Post. Photo Credit: Fayek Ramzy/Getty Images via Canva Pro.

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June 10, 2024

I echo Jessica’s points.


My thoughts- just my thoughts….

When you invite the devil in, you get what the devil does.

What you permit, you promote.

For generations, Palestinians have in some form and fashion, allowed and supported the framework of the terrorists. Is it extremely unfortunate and atrocious that they are now experiencing the consequences of their permissions?

Are these not the same nation of people – Palestinians and supporters- that marched in Michigan chanting “Death to America”? Who orchestrated the protests on colleges, stopped traffic on bridges etc, etc? Yet, it is being permitted.

Only God – Triune and Eternal One can orchestrate the complete and final demise of this evil.

My prayer:

Father, Eternal and Authentic One, You remember Your Holy Covenant, Your oath which You swore to Abraham. You do not forget Your promises, You do not and never will break Your Word. Yours is, what seems impossible to us, possible to You.

Open the eyes of those whose eyes are closed. Allow this Nation and people of Gaza and Palestine to “see” – with natural and spiritual eyes who and what some have supported and allowed.

LORD, I pray give me Your words, Your thoughts, help my behavior match my belief in You.

Yahweh Tseboath, have ALL that serve Your mighty purpose- spiritual and natural – descend upon these ununited – United States, Israel and Your World. Give us Your victory.

But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand.” 1 Samuel 17:45-46.

In Jesus Name. Amen


    June 10, 2024

    Supposed to be: Is it extremely unfortunate and atrocious that they are now experiencing the consequences of their permissions? Yes, it is.

Jessica Renshaw
June 10, 2024

Absolutely true! Unfortunately Hamas has such a stranglehold on Gaza, it is hard to find an “innocent” Palestinian–one that is not complicit with or at least supportive of their agenda. They voted Hamas into power. Underground terrorist tunnels run throughout Gaza, some of them extending under Israeli territory and into Egypt, many of them 7 or more stories deep. Israel Defense Forces were shocked to discover that these tunnels have shafts coming up into playgrounds, hospitals, schools, mosques, private homes, children’s bedrooms. Here they store weapons, ammunition, bulletproof vests, and living quarters for the terrorists.

Gazan civilians helped invade the sovereign nation of Israel–with no warning or declaration of war–and capture civilians living on the border or attending a music festival on a high, holy day, rape them, butcher them, behead them, burn them alive (forensic evidence shows ashes in victims’ lungs, corpses of women who died during gang rapes so violent their pelvises were broken, faces and genitals deliberately mutilated beyond recognition)–all caught on Hamas terrorists’ own body cams to show with pride on their own media. In fact “schools” and “mosques” and “hospitals” are all merely training grounds to teach the hatred and killing of Jews. And in Hamas’ own charter they codify that goal. Most Palestinians don’t seem to realize that Hamas is their biggest threat.

June 9, 2024

Father, give the Messianic Congregations / Ekklesia / Church divine revelation to not only avoid being deceived but to also correctly study Your Scripture (Tanakh) in its original languages (Aramaic & Hebrew). Come against, bind and rebuke the Prince of Persia and cause the prisoners thereof taste Your Liberty as You lead them to salvation through dreams and visions.
In the name of Yeshua HaMashiach.


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