Scotland's Bishops call for Middle East peace

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has issued the following statement on the hostilities in the Middle East:

“We have been shocked and horrified by the outbreak of senseless violence in the Holy Land.

“Our hearts go out to the innocent people of Israel who have been murdered and terrorised and to the innocent civilians of Gaza dying in a war zone.

“We join with Pope Francis in his call for peace and echo his condemnation of this widespread outbreak of violence.

“We pray for peace and call on the faithful, and all people of good will to do the same.

“We hope the violence will cease, that civilians and non-combatants will be respected and that all hostages will be released.”

EVENT: Journeys of Faith in Israel and Palestine

Two Christians will speak of their journeys of faith in Israel-Palestine at an online event hosted later this month.

Journeys of Faith in Israel and Palestine features Linda Ramsden and Omar Haramy.

Linda will describe how her encounters with Palestinians took her on a faith journey that has led her to become Director of ICAHD UK (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions).

Omar Haramy, of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem, will speak of the journeys that were forced upon Palestinians in 1948, the crisis of faith that resulted, and the response of Sabeel as it lives a theology that stresses God's love is for all people.

The event is hosted by the working group for Israel-Palestine of the Archdiocese's Caritas, Justice & Peace Commission and takes place on Zoom on Wednesday 26 August, 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Click here to register and you will receive the details you need to join the meeting.

Journeys of Faith in Israel and Palestine, online Zoom event, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020. 

Some background links:

The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, takes place 15-21 September. Find out more here.