Thursday, 14 June 2012
An injustice that will cost lives
For reasons as yet unclear, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has stopped its financial support for the Al Ahli Anglican Hospital in Gaza City. Moderator Albert Bogle has written to David Cameron to ask for his help in what can only be described as an alarming situation. Without this money the hospital will close and the many thousands of Gazans who rely on it for primary and urgent care and treatment will suffer even more.
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, manages the Al Ahli hospital, providing primary and emergency care without any outside interference or political calculation to the almost exclusively Muslim population in Gaza, and does so without proselytizing or discriminating on the basis of religion, ethnicity, politics, or social identification. It is not an exaggeration to say either that the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip are as severe as any on earth, or that Al Ahli Hospital is a rare and absolutely vital source of genuine good news in that context.
This is an injustice that will cost lives. Something must be done.