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The Diocese of Jerusalem

                                      The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & the Middle East

 

                Bishop Riah, the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, 27 July, 2006

 

Dear Friends,

For the past forty years we have been largely alone on this desert fighting a predator that not only has robbed us of all but a small piece of our historic homeland, but threatens the traditions and holy sites of Christianity. We are tired, weary, sick, and wounded. We need your help.

We have seen and we have been the recipients of the generosity of our American and British friends. We cherish the support of everyone throughout the world who stands with us in solidarity. Daily, I hear from many of them who express outrage at the arrogant and aggressive positions of President Bush, Secretary Rice, Senator Clinton, and Prime Minister Blair. I am saddened to realise just how much the deserved prestige of the United States and Britain has declined as a result of politicians who seem to devalue human life and suffering. And, I am disturbed that the Zionist Christian community is damaging America’s image as never before.

Little more than a week ago, we were focused on the plight of the Palestinian people. In Gaza, four and five generations have been victims of Israeli racism, hate crimes, terror, violence, and murder. Garbage and sewage have created a likely outbreak of cholera as Israeli strategies create the collapse of infrastructures. There is no milk. Drinking water, food, and medicine are in serious short supply. Innocents are being killed and dying from lack of available emergency care. Children are paying the ultimate price. Even for those whose lives are spared, many of them are traumatised and will not grow to live useful lives. Commerce between the West Bank and Gaza has been halted and humanitarian aid barely trickles into some of the neediest in the world.

Movement of residents of the West Bank is difficult or impossible as “security measures” are heightened to break the backs of the Palestinian people and cut them off from their place of work, schools, hospitals, and families. It is family and community that has sustained these people during these hopeless times. For some, it is all that they had, but that too has been taken away with the continued building of the wall and check points. The strategy of ethnic cleansing on the part of the State of Israel continues.

This week, war broke out on the Lebanon-Israeli border (near Banyas where Jesus gave St. Peter the keys to heaven and earth). The Israeli government’s disproportionate reaction to provocation was consistent with their opportunistic responses in which they destroy their perceived enemy.

In her recent article, “The Insane Brutality of the State of Israel,” American, Kathleen Christison, a former CIA analyst says, “The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion, to reassure itself of its strength.” She continues, “A society that can brush off as unimportant an army officer’s brutal murder of a thirteen year old girl on the claim that she threatened soldiers at a military post (one of nearly seven hundred Palestinian children murdered by Israelis since the Intifada began) is not a society with a conscience.” The “situation” as it has come to be called, has deteriorated into a war without boundaries or limitations. It is a war with deadly potential beyond the imaginations of most civilized people.

As I write to you, I am preparing to leave with other bishops for Nablus with medical and other emergency supplies for five hundred families, and a pledge for one thousand families more.

On Saturday we will attempt to enter Gaza with medical aid for doctors and nurses in our hospital there who struggle to serve the injured, the sick, and the dying.

My plan is that I will be able to go to Lebanon next week - where we are presently without a resident priest - to bury the dead, and comfort the victims of war.

Perhaps as others have you will ask, “What can I do?” Certainly we encourage and appreciate your prayers. That is important, but it is not enough. If you find that you can no longer look away, take up your cross. It takes courage as we were promised.

Write every elected official you know. Write to your news media. Speak to your congregation, friends, and colleagues about injustice and the threat of global war. If Syria, Iran, the United States, Great Britain, China and others enter into this war - the consequence is incalculable. Participate in rallies and forums. Find ways that you and your churches can participate in humanitarian relief efforts for the region. Contact us and let us know if you stand with us. I urge you not to be like a disciple watching from afar.

[2 Corinthians 6.11]
“ We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians, our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return - I speak as to children - open wide your hearts also.”

In, with, and through Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal
Bishop The Diocese of Jerusalem
Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria

[The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which is a part of the American Episcopal Church, extends over five countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, within the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. There are thirty-one parishes that minister to the needs of their communities, centered in Jerusalem. The church supports thirty-five institutions, which include hospitals, clinics, kindergartens and schools, vocational training programs, as well as institutions for the deaf, the disabled and the elderly. The Good Friday offerings of most American Churches are sent to support much of this work]

Posted 7/27/06 ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE (ACNS)

A SECOND PLEA AND UPDATE FROM BISHOP RIAH August 1

BACKGROUND ON THE SITUATION AND DESIRED ACTION - Sabeel Theology Center, Jerusalem

Episcopal Relief & Development
MIDDLE EAST CRISIS FUND

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU TAKE ACTIONS REQUESTED ABOVE

EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK
(Easy way to send a letter to U.S. Senators)

News Media in the North to which you can write:
Reno Gazette Journal
Sparks Tribune
NEVADA APPEAL- Carson City
KTVN-Channel 2- Reno
KRNV-Channel 4-Reno
KOLO-Channel 8 - Reno

News Media in the South to which you can write:

 

 

 

National Elected Officials:

SEND P.O. LETTERS TO THE DISTRICT ADDRESS
(Mailed letters will be delivered in Washington much faster through the district office; All direct mail service to Washington Congressional Offices is delayed due to security screening measures)

For persons who do not know their congressional district, go to
PROJECT VOTE SMART

and enter your own 9 digit (zip+4) zip code in the column to the right.

The Envelope MUST contain your NAME AND ADDRESS
or it will not be opened.

Senator Harry Reid, NV (Democrat)
email: http://reid.senate.gov/email_form.cfm
web site http://www.senate.gov/~reid/
phone: (202) 224-3542
fax: (202) 224-7327

Capitol address: United States Senate
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
District address: 600 East Williams Street, Suite 302
Carson City, NV 89701-4048 (775)882-7343
RENO OFFICE (775) 686-5750
LAS VEGAS OFFICE: (702) 388-5020

Senator John Ensign, NV(Republican)
email: http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm
web site: http://www.senate.gov/~ensign/
phone: (202) 224-6244
fax: (202) 228-2193

Capitol address: United States Senate
364 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
District address: 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8203 Las Vegas, NV 89101
RENOOFFICE: (775) 686-5770
CARSON CITY OFFICE: (775) 885-9111
LAS VEGAS OFFICE: (702) 388-6605

NORTHERN NEVADA - 2nd District:
(Most of the state of Nevada outside Clark County

Representative Jim Gibbons, NV (Republican)
email: mail.gibbons@mail.house.gov
web site: http://wwwc.house.gov/gibbons/
phone: (202) 225-6155
fax: (202) 225-5679

Capitol address : United States House of Representatives
100 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District address: 400 South Virginia Street, Suite 502
Reno, NV 89501-2193 (775) 686-5760
LAS VEGAS OFFICE: (702) 255-1651
ELKO OFFICE: 405 Idaho Street-Suite 214, Elko, 89801 (775)
777-7920;
---- Fax: 775.777.7922

SOUTHERN NEVADA - 3d District:
Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and unincorporated areas in Clark County including Spring Valley, Henderson, Sunrise Manor, East Las Vegas and Boulder City
Representative Jon C. Porter, NV (Republican)
email: http://www.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/porter/contact/zip_authen.txt&form=/porter/contact/contactform.html
web site http://www.house.gov/porter/
phone: (202) 225-3252
fax: 202.225.2185

Capitol address: United States House of Representatives
218 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

District address: 2501 North Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014-0273 (702) 387-4941

FAX: 702.434.1378

SOUTHERN NEVADA 1st District:
(Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and unincorporated areas in Clark County )
Representative Shelley Berkley, NV (Democrat)
email: http://www.house.gov/berkley/contact/email.html
web site http://www.house.gov/berkeley/
phone: (202) 225-5965; TOLL FREE: (877) 409-2488
fax: 202.225.3119

Capitol address : United States House of Representatives
439 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4708

District address: 2340 Paseo Del Prado, Suite D-106
Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 220-9823
FAX=702.220.9841