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UK Faith Leaders Demand Gordon Brown Take Further Action to End Gaza
MCB, January 11, 2009
The bishop of Exeter, Rabbi Danny Rich and Dr Muhammad Abdul
Bari, secretary general of the Muslim council Britain demand that Prime
Minister Gordon brown renews efforts to end the suffering of 'powerless
Implement ceasefire now. UK faith leaders
demand Gordon Brown take further action to end Gaza crisis. Continuing
violence in Gaza will "exacerbate tensions and nurture hatred" say
Leaders of all major faiths in the UK have
joined Christian Aid today in calling for an immediate ceasefire and
unfettered humanitarian access to Gaza.
In a joint call, faith
leaders including the Bishop of Exeter the Rt Rev Michael Langrish,
Rabbi Danny Rich and Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of The
Muslim Council of Britain demand that Prime Minister Gordon Brown renews
efforts to end the suffering of 'the powerless and the vulnerable'.
Sharing 'a basic commitment to human rights', they also call on
ordinary citizens of the UK to take action because 'we all bear
responsibility for what is happening'.
Christian Aid is asking
members of the public to email the prime minister telling him: 'Not in
"Behind all the horrors of death and
destruction in Gaza are human faces and human stories. Behind all the
statistics for those killed and wounded, on either side, are human
beings, each one a child of God" said The Rt Revd Michael Langrish,
Bishop of Exeter.
In a call on UK citizens to take a
stand the Bishop continued:
'When a child of God
suffers no believer in God can stand idly by. Urgent action is required
to end the violence, to secure immediate and effective humanitarian
relief, and to encourage a genuine dialogue for justice and peace.'
Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, said: 'I am
convinced that the continuing violence in the region will exacerbate
tensions, nurture hatred, and make more difficult a peaceful resolution
which is in the interests of both the Palestinian people and the State
'I believe that, in accordance with my Jewish
teaching and humanitarian instinct, the appropriate reaction is to call
for an immediate ceasefire which may prevent further tragedy engulfing
the Palestinian civilian population and save injury and worse to both
Israelis in uniform and their fellow citizens in their homes.
am strengthened by the verse in Isaiah 62:1 "For the sake of Zion I will
not be silent" and I am comforted by my confidence and hope that in time
the Israeli and Palestinian peoples will have the opportunity to fulfil
the Micah 4:4 vision of a land and two states 'where every person shall
sit under the vine or the fig tree and no one shall disturb the other.
'I am aware that my actions may be misinterpreted and misused by
those who have no real interest in supporting peace in the region and
would deny the right of the State of Israel to exist, and by those who,
fearful of anti-Semitism and anti Israel activity, believe that this is
a time for the British Jewish community to speak with one voice.
I have only gone public with these serious reservations done so
after much prayer, reflection and thought. And because I do not wish
Israel's relationship with the EU to be damaged.'
Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of The Muslim Council of Britain, said:
'The scale of this man-made tragedy requires maximum international
support and participation.
'The Muslim Council of Britain
welcomes the efforts of Christian Aid to deliver relief to the
Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.'
'While this emergency aid
will undoubtedly go a long way toward easing the pain and distress the
MCB reaffirms its call for a political solution to that ensures; an end
to the siege of Gaza, a reopening of all border crossings and an end to
Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land.'
President of the Methodist Conference, said: 'So often during violent
conflict the powerless and vulnerable suffer most said .The shelling of
schools and other civilian targets is absolutely unacceptable under any
'Our hearts go out to the people of Gaza. They
have suffered from lack of food and fuel and yet over the past 18 months
Israel has often blocked or limited the passage of relief aid. At this
critical time both sides must agree to an immediate end to fighting in
order that the humanitarian needs can be addressed.
'It is clear
that the international community needs to find fresh approaches to
managing and resolving this conflict. A new US administration must make
the achievement of international consensus a high priority. We commit
ourselves to prayer for a lasting resolution built on justice and rights
for Israelis and Palestinians.'
Graham Sparkes of the Baptist
Union of Great Britain, said: 'The crisis unfolding in Gaza should fill
us all with horror because we all bear responsibility for what is
happening. Together we share a commitment to basic human rights, and so
we cannot allow the current situation to go unchallenged. There must be
an immediate ceasefire and the provision of vital humanitarian aid.
Nothing less is acceptable.
'When power is used to kill innocent
civilians, then it is an abuse of power and must be condemned. A new
future can never be shaped by violence; it will come about only through
a just settlement that allows the people of Gaza to live with freedom
and hope. It is vital we support partners in the region who seek genuine
peace with justice.'
Christian Aid is calling for an immediate
permanent cessation of violence and unfettered humanitarian access so
that our partners can provide essential services and make a real
difference for the people of Gaza.
We welcome the UN Security
Council Resolution and Britain's role in promoting it, but it is
absolutely critical that the resolution is implemented immediately to
allow desperately needed humanitarian relief to reach the people of
Email Gordon Brown to make your voice heard.
If you wish to donate to Christian Aid's emergency appeal for
Gaza please go to
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