Look at this.
MEDIA RELEASE: Gaza: violence will worsen plight of already-suffering civilians15/11/2012 4:21:25 PM
International aid agency Act for Peace is alarmed at the escalation of violence in and around Gaza following the death of a senior Hamas figure, and deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian plight of the people of Gaza as a result of the violence. Act for Peace denounces all forms of armed violence, including the rockets from Gaza and the strikes from Israel.
Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, has supported partners in Gaza providing emergency relief and health care services for more than 20 years.
Act for Peace’s Misha Coleman has been working on projects in Gaza for the past three years, responding to the escalating humanitarian situation caused by the Israeli blockade.
The residents of Gaza are living in jail-like conditions and die waiting for access to medical treatment that is only available on the other side of the wall. They suffer daily from the effects of the Israeli blockade, from shortages of water, electricity and fuel to severely restricted access to essential medicines and medical equipment.
“This humanitarian situation in Gaza will drastically worsen as violence escalates and we are deeply concerned at the number of innocent lives that may be lost.”
Act for Peace’s project partner, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, provides health care to more than 80,000 people a year through its health clinics in Gaza. This includes psychological support to address the prevailing issue of trauma stemming from the conflict there, as well as specialist child and maternal health care, health education, and anti-malnutrition programs.
In January 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, our partner’s health clinic was destroyed by bombing. Construction efforts were hampered by the difficulty of getting building materials into Gaza, but the clinic has now been rebuilt. Donations by Australians through Act for Peace’s Christmas Bowl appeal helped to fund this rebuilding work.
For more information on the health care and peace building work Act for Peace supports in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, please click here.
Excuse me Christians.
This is offensive.
What wall would that be?
Why exactly has Israel got an obligation to provide high level clinical care not already available at the Al-Shifa Hospital and Medical Conplex?
I know the Israelis do anyway but who are you to presume an obligation from that side of the wall?
Why not Cairo or Amman? Riyadh? Surely the National Council of Churches in Australia can organise that. Why not anywhere in Europe? Don't you have contacts?
Better still. You are on the spot. You dig for the premium cover. Modern health services are expensive. Perhaps the Israeli taxpayers deserve a break.
It is easy to just dismiss this stuff as woolly pacifist self important preachiness from people too lazy or dumb to think things through but there is a sinister side to it..
There are Christian clerics as far as Sydney that have joined some kind of Jihad against the "Zionists" and even appear to be developing a theology that embraces the dispossession of Jews from Palestine.
There is Father David Smith who readily accepted an invitation to address the Sydney Al Quds No Jew State Street Bash.
"I readily accepted the offer as I feel that there is no group of people in the world today who have suffered so brutally as have the Palestinians people in this generation. Indeed, I take every opportunity I can to express my concern for their suffering and my prayers for an end to the 45-year-long Occupation of their land."
Did you get that link?
No other people? Just think a second. Or Google for two if you must
Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000
Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1.6 million (purges and concentration camps)
Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78) 1,500,000
Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970) 1,000,000
Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982) 900,000
Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994) 800,000
Saddam Hussein (Iran 1980-1990 and Kurdistan 1987-88) 600,000
Tito (Yugoslavia, 1945-1987) 570,000
Sukarno (Communists 1965-66) 500,000
Jonas Savimbi (Angola, 1975-2002) 400,000
Mullah Omar - Taliban (Afghanistan, 1986-2001) 400,000
Idi Amin (Uganda, 1969-1979) 300,000
Yahya Khan (Pakistan, 1970-71) 300,000 (Bangladesh)
Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire, 1965-97) 300,000?
Charles Taylor (Liberia, 1989-1996) 220,000
Foday Sankoh (Sierra Leone, 1991-2000) 200,000
Suharto (Aceh, East Timor, New Guinea, 1975-98) 200,000
Ho Chi Min (Vietnam, 1953-56) 200,000
Michel Micombero (Burundi, 1972) 150,000
Slobodan Milosevic (Yugoslavia, 1992-99) 100,000
Hassan Turabi (Sudan, 1989-1999) 100,000
Jean-Bedel Bokassa (Centrafrica, 1966-79) 200 000 ?
Efrain Rios Montt (Guatemala, 1982-83) 70,000
Papa Doc Duvalier (Haiti, 1957-71) 60,000
Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic, 1930-61) 50,000
Hissene Habre (Chad, 1982-1990) 40,000
Syria (again) 30 000 and rising
and so on and so on and so on ...
No, the "Palestinian people" ruled by Hamas, Fatah, IJ and the other murder gangs get the "victim hood" prize
Anybody who is capable of saying that is capable of saying anything.
The worst are in the UK it appears.
Christian antizionism in England sixty four years after the formation of the State of Israel.
The Jews don't have any legal rights after all
Thanks guys. It must really grind their pacifist nuts that the Jews in particular have an army. It must really offend their notion of the order of the universe.
hat tip Tim Blair