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Letter of Solidarity from First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, CO, to the people of Gaza and the West Bank PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:43



The Reverend Doctor Carl S. Hofmann

First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, Colorado

August 6, 2014

"...weep with those who weep." --Romans 12:15

To all the Suffering, Wounded, and Grieving in Gaza and the West Bank,

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Suffering Servant of our Lord, the One despised and rejected, a man of suffering and familiar with pain--

I write you from the United States to let you know there are many Christians here, and indeed, many U.S. citizens, whose hearts break over your suffering and affliction. We cannot comprehend your profound pain. From our depths we cry out to God for your peace, protection, and prosperity.


The Destruction of Gaza's Schools and the Future of Palestinian Children PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:57
Last week, according to the United Nations, Israeli forces bombed the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in northern Gaza while it served as an U.N.-designated shelter. At least 15 people—including four children—were killed, and many more wounded. Yesterday, an Israeli strike in the immediate vicinity of an U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Rafah killed at least nine and injured over 25 people, while on July 23rd, a similar attack on another UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun left 15—including six children—dead and over 100 injured.
Prayers Finally Heard – Gaza Update PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 06:46
altToday marks the second day of the 72-hour ceasefire agreement which concluded nearly a month of vicious hostilities. Just 5 minutes before the ceasefire went into effect; I heard a large explosion from my home in the Old City of Jerusalem, only to find out later that it was a rocket that was fired from Gaza and mistakenly landed on a home in Beit Sahour causing moderate damages. We continue to pray that this ceasefire will lead to something more permanent and hopefully in a very short period of time, a sincere resumption of peace negotiations that will address all of the root causes of this conflict and the never ending cycles of violence where civilians end-up paying the heaviest price.
Christians of Beit Hanina: “ We are all United, We all have The Same Wound” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 06:09
BEIT HANINA –In unison with the Christians of the East, living in persecution, the Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, Mgr William Shomali, presided on Friday 1st August over a Mass for peace and reconciliation at St James Parish Church in Beit Hanina.
Responding to an invitation by the Latin Parish of Jerusalem, Mgr Shomali went to Beitn Hanina Parish to celebrate Mass and to pray for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East, as well as for Christians persecuted in the area, cradle of Christianity.
Gaza: 'We Need Aid More Than Ever' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 02:12
Bishop Says Urgent Need Is Medical Treatment, Fuel for Generators That Supply Hospitals
ROME- Responding to an urgent request from Church leaders in the Holy Land, an international Catholic charity has just announced new support for victims of the Gaza bombardment.
Bishop William Shomali, who has pastoral responsibility for Latin-Rite Catholics in Gaza, made an urgent appeal to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
He said: “The humanitarian situation in Gaza is very bad... We ask for your help for the poor and those injured by the war. Now, more than ever before, is the time to aid the people in Gaza.”
Lutheran Bishop of Washington D.C. to Receive the 2014 HCEF Award at the 16th International Conference PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 01:44
The Board of Directors of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is pleased to announce that Bishop Richard H. Graham of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will receive the 2014 HCEF Award on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the 16th HCEF Awards Banquet. The banquet is one element of HCEF's 16th International Conference, to take place on Friday & Saturday, October 17-18, 2014, under the theme "Together in Faith for the Common Good." 
As Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, Bishop Graham has been gracious in his support for HCEF's mission, joining his voice to ours in support of our work in the Holy Land and our advocacy here in the United States. As Sir Rateb Rabie, HCEF President/CEO, says "Bishop Graham has been a steadfast advocate for HCEF and the Christians of the Holy Land. He is a model of how Christian leaders of different denominations can work together towards common goals. He has played an important role in advocating for peace and justice."
The HCEF award is given to an individual who is committed to assisting the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, and Palestinians at large, and has demonstrated courage, determination, and action to advance the cause of justice, sustenance, and spiritual support for the Christians in the Holy Land.
Only Israel Can Break Through Diplomatic Impasse PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:05
I do not know how to measure pain or how to quantify suffering, but one of the ironies of history is that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the oppressor seems to hate its victim much more than the victim hates its oppressor. I never liked to indulge in comparative martyrology, but Israelis will be well advised to bear in mind that a society that shows insensitivity to the suffering it inflicts should expect an erosion of the expression of sympathy for the suffering it has endured.
How can one describe the prevailing situation seen through Palestinian eyes?
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