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Calls to action over Gaza and Iraq

01 August 2014


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 almost unbearable.

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 generously?


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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.


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