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The Moderator speaks out against force used in Gaza

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend David Lunan, has joined with Christian Aid today, calling for an end to the Gaza conflict.

He said: 'I regret very much the excessive force used by the Israeli military and I am deeply concerned by the reports we are receiving from our church partners on the ground, in particular of the loss of Palestinian and Israeli civilian lives.

'An immediate ceasefire is urgently needed to avoid any further loss of life. A priority is the urgent medical supplies and services needed by those suffering in the conflict, and those out there providing healthcare are being overwhelmed by the demands on them.

'All Abrahamic faiths have a rightful interest in this tinderbox region where the stakes are high.

'The problem is too large for the Israeli and Palestinians now to solve on their own. Now is the time for the UN to unify nations, and for the world religions to show the nature of the God we believe in.

'This is the time for church members and all people of good will to write to their MPs and to the Prime Minister, asking them to use their influence to secure an immediate ceasefire, and to make this whole tragedy a matter for sustained prayer, in the name of the one who has come among as, the Prince of Peace.'


Notes to editors:

For further information or to arrange interviews with partners in Gaza or with Janet Symes, Christian Aid head of Middle East region here in the UK, please contact Claire Aston on 0131 240 1523 / 07961 303481 caston@christian-aid.org

Contact details:

Claire J Aston (née Shelley)
Media & Communications Manager
Christian Aid Scotland,
41 George IV Bridge,
DD:   0131 240 152
Mob: 07961 303481