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The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & the Middle East
Anglican Communion News Service ^ | 27 JULY 2006 | The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal

Posted on 07/27/2006 2:18:01 PM PDT by polymuser

Bishop Riah, the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, on the current crisis in the Middle East

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 Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem

TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: anglican; episcopal; religiousleft
I'm sure this will be the message from WCC and NCC denominations as well.
1 posted on 07/27/2006 2:18:04 PM PDT by polymuser
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Forgot to note that bold emphasis is mine.

2 posted on 07/27/2006 2:19:18 PM PDT by polymuser (There is one enemy and one war.)
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To: polymuser; sionnsar

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3 posted on 07/27/2006 2:19:35 PM PDT by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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4 posted on 07/27/2006 2:32:42 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d, N0t Y0urs | NYT:Jihadi Journal)
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Hey Rev. Abu El-Assal

Nice name. Kinda reminds me of Joseph or Peter.

What do your co-religionists think of the ball-bearings? (And why is it the Israelis' job to provide milk to Pali children?)


5 posted on 07/27/2006 3:08:35 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: polymuser
I've just finished a great book called The Templars.

It chronicles the warrior-monks but also made the point that the Crusades (except for the 3rd one--I think) were genuine efforts to retake the centuries held-Christian lands, the Holy Land.

Too bad they didn't continue the Crusades. It is now, as ever, it seems, overrun with war, death, religious acrimony, hatred and endless strife....but NOT involving Christians -- still a religion of peace.

Imho, both sides over there will NEVER, ever, ever give up the war and hatred. One side has everything to lose; the other has nothing to lose.

God will have to end it when He ends Earth's human existence. It won't end before that, no matter how much we Americans side with one group and blame another. There isn't enough prayer in existence to cover THAT conflict.

6 posted on 07/27/2006 4:47:02 PM PDT by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: polymuser

Did you see the next thread reviling this same bishop?

7 posted on 07/27/2006 5:10:44 PM PDT by starfish923 (Socrates: It's never right to do wrong.)
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To: starfish923

It's about the same letter, with comments.

8 posted on 07/28/2006 6:12:45 AM PDT by polymuser (There is one enemy and one war.)
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To: starfish923

We lost the Crusades because the West had the same problem it's having now -- people stabbing good men (like Richard Coeur the Lion and Bush) in the back. The Viennese and the Genoese and the Byzantines fought amongst each other giving Salauddin's army the ability to retake all of the Crusader states.

9 posted on 07/29/2006 7:29:52 PM PDT by Cronos ("Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant" - Omar Ahmed, CAIR)
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