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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:36 PM
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UNITED CHURCH URGES OTTAWA TO CALL FOR A MIDDLE EAST CEASEFIRE
(Since this is a press release, I believe I may post the whole thing.)

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UNITED CHURCH URGES OTTAWA TO CALL FOR A MIDDLE EAST CEASEFIRE
From "Broadhurst, Tom" <tbroadhu@united-church.ca >
Date Thu, 3 Aug 2006 17:12:52 -0400

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 3, 2006

UNITED CHURCH URGES OTTAWA TO CALL FOR A MIDDLE EAST CEASEFIRE

Toronto: In a letter sent yesterday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, The United Church of Canada is urging the Canadian government to call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved in the Middle East conflict.

"We deeply mourn the tragic loss of Lebanese, Israeli, and Palestinian lives, and lament the destruction and devastation that has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people," writes the Rev. Dr. Jim Sinclair, General Secretary of the General Council.

"The long-standing issues that have created conflict and division in the region cannot be resolved militarily. On the contrary, violence will only lead to further suffering and deepening anger on both sides," says Sinclair in the letter.

Sinclair explains that, "together with Canada, the United Nations, and our partners, The United Church of Canada fully supports a two-state solution as the mechanism to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and has consistently urged all parties to engage in meaningful dialogue and negotiation as the means to ensuring just and peaceful resolutions of the core concerns that form the basis of the conflict. Negotiations under international supervision, international presence, consequences for failure to respect Security Council resolutions, and strong support for ending acts of terror and victimization of civilians on both sides are the way forward."

Sinclair says that for three decades, The United Church of Canada has worked on an ecumenical basis in partnership and solidarity with non-governmental organizations in the region, united in a common commitment to justice and peace. Over the years, he adds, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has supported this work.

The United Church is therefore now asking the Canadian government to:

* call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the conflict, and insist on respect for international law

* provide a fair share contribution to the humanitarian relief and long-term support that will be required to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict

* work with others in the international community in diplomatic efforts to bring about a sustainable, negotiated resolution to long-standing issues that form the basis of the conflict, and ensure a long-lasting peace

For further information, please contact:

Mary-Frances Denis

Communications Officer, The United Church of Canada 416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)

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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:46 PM
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1. That is an excellent press release!
I support the United Church's call!
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:56 PM
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2. According to Wikipedia, he regularly attends East Gate Alliance Church
in Ottawa. Unfortunately, no email addies.

http://www.magma.ca/~eastgate
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-08-06 10:44 AM
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3. He would... n/m
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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 01:52 PM
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4. it's there

e-mail: eastgate@magma.ca

Harper's brand of Christianity is actually called "opportunism". (The fact that his church is the "Alliance" is surely coincidental!)

I wonder ... is the George Haddad shown as the "elder" of the Arabic Alliance Church of Ottawa this George Haddad?

http://thetyee.ca/Election/Battleground/2005/05/10/Koot... /

EAST KOOTENAY is centred on Cranbrook, which for 26 years was represented in the Legislative Assembly by CCF-NDP MLA Leo Nimsick (1949-1975). He was succeeded by a pair of Socreds, George Haddad (1975-1979) and Terry Segarty (1979-1986), before the New Democrats regained the seat with Anne Edwards (1986-1996) and then Erda Walsh
(1996-2001).
Likely just a fellow traveller.

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