Interfaith Service Prays for Gaza

April 21, 2008

Author: Jennifer Khoury

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ON THE TENTH day of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, and days after Gazans breached the seven-mile-long barrier along the border with Egypt, vigils and protests calling for an end to the blockade were held in nearly a dozen U.S. and Canadian cities. More than 120 people joined together for a Jan. 27 interfaith service at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and those who share none of those religions gathered together to pray for the Holy Land, and refused to turn a blind eye to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The event was organized by the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, Sharing Jerusalem, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Participants and organizers, including Jim Vitarello, Paul Verduin, children and an octogenarian activist read short excerpts from Internet appeals, letters, and news articles written by Middle East voices, people in Israel and the occupied territories who are calling for peace. Participants prayed for Israelis and Palestinians alike—for humanity, in essence.