Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Episcopalian Bishop Expresses Distress to Bush over Occupation

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Episcopalian Bishop Expresses Distress to Bush over Occupation

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"Deep anguish" and "deeply disturbing to me" were among the expressions used by Presiding Episcopalian Bishop Edmond Browning in a letter sent April 24 to President Bush protesting the Israeli government's involvement in the occupation of St. John's Hospice in Jerusalem.

The New York-based leader of most American Episcopalians also asked the president to convey his displeasure to the Israeli government over this "latest outrage" and specifically asked the president to mention his concern over providing American funds which "free Israeli resources for such irresponsible use."

Bishop Browning's wife happened to be in Jerusalem at the time of the incident. Anglican Bishop Samir Kafity supported the protests of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch by closing St. George's Close and Cathedral in consort with all other Christian churches in Jerusalem on the Friday after the incident. For the first time in 800 years, churches were closed in Jerusalem.

Interfaith Group Continues Seminars and Discussions

Three major all-day seminars during the past six months have been held by the Inter-Religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, headquartered in Philadelphia. Palestine National Council member Nabil Shaath, a graduate of Wharton School and one of the most articulate spokespersons for the Palestinians, and Israeli former General Yehoshafat Harkabi have appeared together on these programs, which are now available on tape.

In Chicago on May 20-21, Shaath scheduled another appearance with Richard Murphy, former assistant secretary of state for the Near East and South Asia, former US Secretary of Commerce and American Jewish Congress President Phillip Klutznick, Rashid Khalidi of the University of Chicago, and William Sloane Coffin of SANE. An interfaith service with Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Rabbi Henry E. Schaulman and Imam W.D. Mohammed was a first for the Interfaith Group.

Others who appeared on these programs in Boston and New York included Rita Hauser, Khalil Jahshan, Father Bryan Hehir, Harold Saunders, ex-Gush Emunim member Moshe Halbertal, Daoud Assad, Rabbi Neil Cominsky, and Swedish Bishop Krister Stendahl. Copies of the VHS tapes of the Boston seminar are available from Director Ronald Young at (215) 438-4142. They cost $25 each or $75 for the four available.

An Interview with Graham Fuller: RAND Researcher Calls on Bush and Baker to Start "Thinking Out Loud"

(RAND Corporation researcher Graham Fuller is continuing his work on the occupied territories. His August 1989 study of the intifada for the US Defense Department, which concluded that a Palestinian state was inevitable, was widely discussed among Washington policymakers on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. He was interviewed May I after an appearance at Georgetown University.)

Bird: Now that it appears Shamir has a good chance of eventually forming a government, what do you think will happen to the peace process?

Fuller: A peace process cannot work when both sides are intransigent, or even one side. Nor can...autonomy work [unless] there is lots of good will. Any of the halfway houses to peace being suggested are unstable. Long range, there has to be a belief that the other side will let the process work toward some agreed goal. The Palestinian state is the end solution desired by the PLO and the West Bankers. …

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