As the crisis in Israel and Gaza continues this page will be updated regularly with latest information alongside statements, prayer resources and other information as appropriate. Keep checking back to see what's new.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ Matthew 5.9
Join with us in praying daily for all those affected by the terrible violence in Israel and Gaza, and for all who work for peace, unity and healing.
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Bishop Jill and I have been deeply moved and saddened beyond words by what we have all watched unfold in Israel and Palestine recently.
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Bishop Philip on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about Israel/Gaza
Writing to parishes recently the Bishop's Chaplain, Rev. Sam Cheesman, said:
A number of you have been in touch regarding the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza and have asked whether there is a practical way to respond as a diocese.
You will find below an message from the charity 'Friends of the Holy Land' and an appeal letter attached, both regarding an appeal for funds to be used in ministries both in Israel and in Gaza.
I am concious that we are in the midst of the Harvest Appeal and very appreciative for all that has been given towards that so please do not take this as another request for giving but rather as an opportunity for those who are considering how best to give at this time.
With continued thanks
Dear brothers and sisters,
As you may have seen in the media over these past few days, Archbishop Justin Welby paid a solidarity visit to us in Jerusalem this past weekend in the aftermath of the Gaza War's eruption, and immediately following the bombing of our Ahli Hospital in Gaza, which he and Archbishop Hosam had visited just three days before the outbreak of the war.
During this visit, the two Archbishops decided that at this time of extreme crisis in the Holy Land, they would launch a Joint Appeal, calling for prayers and donations for the hospital's vital work in Gaza, and the ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem throughout the Holy Land which are also being greatly affected by the war.
Friends of the Holy Land is one of the international partners who are set-up to receive donations from this appeal. You may know we are registered as a charity in Palestine and so operate our own bank account with the Bank of Palestine.
Our Bethlehem branch has advised us that their Gaza branch is still operating at the moment which provides us with a short window to send vital funds to the Al-Ahli Hospital. We have already sent US$10,000 in this way earlier this week.
We stand ready to send funds on your behalf to support the Al-Ahli hospital now to buy the essential purchases outlined in the joint appeal letter at no extra cost to you using our bank. I know there can be delays in sending funding into Jerusalem and the West Bank. our bank details are – Friends of the Holy Land acc. with NatWest Bank plc, Sort Code 60-05-41, A/c number – 24591211 should you wish to move quickly.
With my prayers for your ministry and for all in the treasured Holy Land,
CEO, Friends of the Holy Land
Ronnie Semley, October 2023, updated regularly