From the Bishop of Oxford
Sir, - I am sure that many of your readers, like me, are
wringing their hands in despair at the desperate situation in Gaza
(News, 25 July). A sad situation in a troubled land has become
Our prayers for peace are urgently needed. But there is another
practical step we can take. You reported last week on the vital job
that the Anglican Al-Ahli Hospital is doing, and the urgent need
for medical supplies, food and fuel. My many visits to
Israel/Palestine have shown me what an important job our
beleaguered Christian brothers and sisters do in the "land of the
Holy One", often against impossible odds.
Bishop Suheil has appealed for our financial support, as well as
our prayers. May I encourage your readers to visit www.jmeca.org.uk and to give
Diocesan Church House
North Hinksey, Oxford OX2 0NB
From Dr Sheila E. Fisher
Sir, - As I listen to and watch the news each day, I wonder with
sadness at the way the plight of the Christian people of Iraq and
Mosul is ignored (News, 25 July).
Where is the Christian voice? Where is the interfaith
condemnation? The statement from global political leaders that a
humanitarian tragedy on this scale requires action? The UN
resolutions condemning the actions of the Islamic State?
Surely we can at least join with the suffering of our brothers
and sisters in faith through a call to prayer in unity throughout
the Christian world?
Burke's powerful words "The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing" come very much to mind. It
is time for Christians to find their voice, to remember we fight
for Christ as well as worship him, and, although such fighting
should be through dialogue, not arms, it is time for the voice of
faith to be heard loud and clear.
SHEILA E. FISHER
2 Primley Park Mount
West Yorkshire LS17 7JJ