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Gaza Response

January 23, 2009

As the death toll in Gaza grows in the wake of Israeli attacks, ecumenical organizations are urging Israel to end the attacks and condemn all brutal acts which target the innocent civilians.  The international community represented by the United Nations and its Security Council is urged to take a decision to cease the fire and the bloodshed.  Global Ministries has long-established mission relationships in the Middle East and with Palestinian Christian churches and organizations.  Of the 1.5 million residents of Gaza, a small fraction is Christian.  Despite its size, the Christian community there provides important services in Gaza to the general population, including Palestinian refugees, and Global Ministries has supported those efforts.  Our two main partners in Gaza are the local programs of the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (DSPR, of the Middle East Council of Churches) and Al-Ahli Hospital (a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem).  Both of these ministries of the churches receive support through Global Ministries from One Great Hour of Sharing and Week of Compassion for the development, rehabilitation, training, and health programs they carry out.

In the course of the current crisis in Gaza, a number of our partners have issued reflections and statements that can help us to understand the perspective of our Christian sisters and brothers, living in the midst of war.

 Contribute to Humanitarian Relief

UCC One Great Hour of Sharing Gaza Appeal
An appeal has been issued to United Church of Christ members to support humanitarian relief in Gaza with our Palestinian Christian partners. 

Disciples Week of Compassion Gaza Appeal
Similarly, contributions can be made through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s Week of Compassion. 

 Advocacy

As the crisis continues, it becomes more and more important to let your voice for peace be heard. 
Click here to call for a comprehensive cease fire and to ensure the delivery of humanitarian relief for Gazans.

Justice and Advocacy in the Middle East

 Resources

Global Ministries Israel-Palestine Page
The Gaza Strip: One Big Prison (issued by B’Tselem)

 En Español

El triunfo de la guerra en Gaza
El Nuevo Israel de Dios es la iglesia
La Actual Criris en Gaza
Gaza: Una tregua frágil

 News

Communion of Churches in Indonesia statement on Gaza
April 23, 2009
Anglican Bishop Suheil Diwani visits Diocesan Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza; Lends support to Gaza's Christian Community
March 19, 2009
Palestinian bishops allowed to enter Gaza on third attempt
March 17, 2009
World Council of Churches' Executive Committee issues statement on Gaza
February 24, 2009
ACT Update from Gaza: Al-Ahli Arab Hospital
February 10, 2009
B'Tselem issues report on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza
February 10, 2009
Lutheran and Episcopal Bishops denied entry to Gaza to visit Christians, projects
February 6, 2009
Statement from the Primates of the Anglican Communion on the Situation in Gaza
February 5, 2009
ACT: Bombed Gaza clinic to rise from the rubble
February 4, 2009
Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Denied Entry to Gaza at the Israeli EREZ Crossing Point, reaffirms his Commitment to Peace and Reconciliation among Palestinians and Israelis
February 4, 2009
DSPR Gaza Update
February 1, 2009
 "'Israeli Bombs' or Bombs from Up There," by Dr. Bernard Sabella
January 30, 2009
DSPR Gaza Update
January 30, 2009
Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem--Gaza Update
January 30, 2009
Red Cross Report on Health Care Response in Gaza
January 28, 2009
CARE Report: Only one in 10 Gazans has received humanitarian assistance
January 27, 2009
ACT Forum-Palestine: Gaza Update
January 27, 2009
Churches around the world respond to the Gaza crisis--updated
January 26, 2009
DisciplesWorld: Needs emerge as partners assess damage following Gaza cease fire
January 26, 2009
ACT Forum-Palestine: Gaza Update
January 26, 2009
DSPR Gaza Update
January 22, 2009
DSPR Gaza Update
January 21, 2009
Gaza ACT Update
January 21, 2009
Update on Al Ahli Hospital Gaza from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
January 20, 2009
Update on Gaza - ACT Forum Palestine (AFP)
January 19, 2009
CMEP Welcomes Halt to Gaza Violence: Calls on President-Elect Obama to Achieve Lasting Peace
January 19, 2009
UCC’s John Thomas notes worsening Gaza situation (DisciplesWorld)
January 17, 2009
Statement from Middle East Council of Churches condemning the events in Gaza
January 17, 2009
Hands of Peace Reacts to Gaza
January 16, 2009
Gaza hospitals in horror: Burns from phosphorus bombs
January 15, 2009
An Interfaith Declaration for Peace
January 15, 2009
An Israeli Call for Urgent Humanitarian Action in Gaza
January 15, 2009
A Christian, Muslim, and Jew Pray for Peace Among Nations
January 15, 2009
January 14 Update on Gaza – Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) 
January 14, 2009

Water and Sanitation Critical Situation in the Gaza Strip - Immediate Attention and Action with Israeli Authorities Called
January 14, 2009
Gaza Statement from the Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue
January 14, 2009
Update from the Diocese of Jerusalem on Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza
January 14, 2009
VIDEO: UCC's John Thomas and ecumenical partner from Britain share updates, concerns and prayers for those suffering in Gaza
January 13, 2009
Food and medicines on way to Gaza
January 13, 2009
Gaza update from Global Ministries' partner Bright Stars of Bethlehem
January 13, 2009
DisciplesWorld Article: Gaza situation 'grim' according to Disciples' partners
January 12, 2009
Update on MECC Gaza Clinic from Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees
January 12, 2009
Clinic destroyed by Israeli missile
January 10, 2009
Update on Al Ahli Hospital Gaza from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
January 10, 2009
January 10 Update on Gaza from Department of Services to Palestinian Refugess (DSPR)
January 10, 2009
Christians Mobilize for Ending Violence in and Around Gaza
January 9, 2009
Update on Gaza from Department of Services to Palestinian Refugess (DSPR)
January 9, 2009
A statement from the National Evangelical [Presbyterian] Synod of Syria and Lebanon
January 9, 2009
Join 10,000 U.S. Christians: Sign an Ecumenical Letter to President-Elect Obama Before January 16
January 8, 2009
Update from Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), Middle East Council of Churches
January 8, 2009
World Council of Churches Invites Prayers and Advocacy for Peace in Gaza
January 8, 2009
Statement on Gaza by Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem
January 8, 2009
World Alliance of Reformed Churches: End the violence in Gaza
January 7, 2009
Letter from World Council of Churches General Secretary
January 7, 2009
UCC Collegium Gaza Statement
January 6, 2009
UCC's Work in Gaza
January 6, 2009
Middle East Council of Churches Statement on the Painful Incidents in Gaza
January 5, 2009
A reflection of the Executive Director of the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees, Dr. Bernard Sabella
January 4, 2009
The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center: "Sabeel's Reflection on Gaza: The Narrow Gate of Justice"
December 31, 2008
Gaza Strip Humanitarian Crisis Situation Report from Church World Service
December 31, 2008
National Council of Church's Kinnamon offers prayers, protest in wake of Gaza bloodshed
December 31, 2008
Statement by the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem on the current devastating situation in Gaza
December 31, 2008
Amid the violence in the Middle East and elsewhere, a prayer of contrition and messages to the President (National Council of Churches)
December 30, 2008
Churches for Middle East Peace ACTION ALERT: Urge Immediate U.S. Efforts to End Gaza Violence, Restore Cease-Fire
December 29, 2008
Churches for Middle East Peace Calls on President Bush to Work for a Renewed Ceasefire in Gaza
December 29, 2008
A statement of the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, the Rt. Rev. Suhail Diwani
December 29, 2008
World Council of Churches' Statement on Gaza Violence
December 29, 2008



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