EMBRACE calls for action on Gaza.

EMBRACE, a Christian charity working in the Middle East, asks us to pray for Gaza and, if possible to write to our MPs and ask them to take action. Here is what EMBRACE is saying:

‘It is not possible to witness the horror of innocent protesters, including children, being shot, killed or maimed by trained snipers without a profound sense of shock and disbelief. It is not credible, or frankly human, to justify the disproportionate, lethal and indiscriminate use by the Israeli military of live fire on Monday that left 58 dead and more than two thousand injured, many with life changing injuries.

Monday’s events mark a new low in a long and profoundly dispiriting cycle of violence and contempt for human life that is becoming the shameful hallmark of Israel’s treatment of the people of Gaza, supported implicitly by some in the international community.

Enough is enough; the killing must stop. Respect for human life must be restored.

The international community, including the UK and the United States, must now insist that yesterday’s events are thoroughly investigated in accordance with international laws, and by an appropriate independent authority, under the auspices of the UN. What otherwise is the point or the justification of claiming the privilege of permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council?

To the extent that Hamas or any another organisation is actively seeking the ends witnessed yesterday, they too stand condemned. However no amount of pointing the finger at Hamas can explain how and why innocent children have been shot hundreds of yards from the heavily fortified fence dividing Israel from Gaza. The responsibility for that lies squarely with the government of Israel, and it must be held to account for any breaches of international law.

Embrace the Middle East’s commitment to working with Christian partners in Gaza to relieve the extensive and daily suffering of a people under siege will remain undaunted.’

A suggested letter format  to help you write to your MP, and also a prayer for Gaza can be here

The details for Kate Hollern MP (Blackburn) are


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 8692

Email: kate.hollern.mp@parliament.uk


Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS

Tel: 01254 52317

Email: kate.hollern.mp@parliament.uk


The details for Graham Jones MP (Hyndburn) are


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 7089

Fax: 020 7219 2492

Email: graham.jones.mp@parliament.uk


50 Abbey Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1EE

Tel: 01254 382283

Fax: 01254 398089


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