Call from the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace
July 8th, 2018
We call on the Episcopal Church to speak truth to power.
We are an organization of Palestinian-American Christians with members across the U.S. Three of our leaders are Palestinian Christian pastors. Some of our members experienced the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine first hand; they saw their families lose all their possessions, including their homes; and were never allowed to return to their towns and villages. Several of us were educated in schools in Palestine, such as St. George’s School, that were founded or run by Episcopalians.
Episcopalians are on the ground in Palestine: in churches, hospitals, and schools run or supported by the Episcopal Church.
Some of you have seen with your own eyes the effects of land theft, the apartheid wall, and the checkpoints on our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Some of you know about the children in Israeli prisons, and the men, women, and children who are shot and maimed and killed by Israelis in cold blood. You see them in the hospitals that you fund, like the Ahli hospital in Gaza.
We call on you to look deep into your hearts, to do the right thing, to speak truth to power. Your solidarity will help strengthen the courageous Palestinians and Israelis who are waging a non-violent struggle for peace and justice.
The Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace
Members of the Board of Directors
Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Atlanta, GA
Rev. Alex Awad, Eugene, OR
Zeina Azzam, Alexandira, VA
Dr. Philip Farah, Vienna, VA
Prof. Nahida Gordon, Wooster, OH
Luma Haj, Arlington, VA
Jonathan Kuttab, Esq, Washington, DC
Dr. Maher Massis, Herndon, VA
Paul Noursi, Vienna, VA
Arjunia Oakley, Kensington, VA
Dr. Ghassan Tarazi, McLean, VA