Thursday, January 1, 2009

Jerusalem Bishop 'Grieved' by Gaza Crisis

The Rt. Rev. Suheil S. Dawani sounds off on the Gaza violence. (Can't tell if their taking his hat away or putting it on for him)

The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem has expressed his dismay at the latest conflict to hit the Holy Land.

The Rt. Rev. Suheil S. Dawani said in a statement that his diocese was “stunned and saddened” as well as “grieved by the severity” of the ongoing military operations in Gaza.

As Israel indicated on Wednesday that the conflict could run on for weeks, Bishop Dawani reaffirmed the “unbroken commitment” of the Diocese of Jerusalem to the wellbeing and peace of people in Gaza, particularly through its Al Ahli Arab Hospital.

At least 373 Palestinians have been killed in the four days since Israel began its aerial attack in retaliation to rockets fired into its territory by Hamas militants last week. Gaza medics estimate that at least 1,700 people have been wounded.

Dawani called on both sides to halt the violence.

“The heavy loss of Palestinian lives and the serious wounds and injuries to many hundreds of innocent bystanders require the immediate cessation of hostilities for the well being and safety of both the Palestinian and Israeli communities, and especially for Gaza and the nearby Israeli population centers.

“The gravity of the situation threatens to engulf this entire region and we ask the Palestinians and Israelis to return to active negotiations for the well being and safety of both communities.”

No comments: