Friends hear from Gaza

'We want to give voice to those who are affected – to hear their stories and let them know the world has not forgotten them.’

Quakers came together online last week to hear the voices of people affected by the bombing in Gaza and the West Bank. The webinar called ‘Hearing from Gaza and the West Bank’, hosted on 27 May by the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) team, included Azzam from Gaza, a former consultant for Christian Aid who now works for Norwegian Church Aid. Jomana, a translator and teacher, who lives in a university city in the northern West Bank, also described the situation in the area.

Lynda MacInnes from EAPPI said: ‘While we are all relieved to hear about the ceasefire, we all know that the implications of the destruction in Gaza and violence in the West Bank will be felt for months and years to come. We want to give voice to those who are affected – to hear their stories and let them know the world has not forgotten them.’

A discussion at the event was chaired by Madeleine McGivern, who is currently doing consultancy work with the Britain Palestine Twinning Network, and is a trustee of the Amos Trust. She was based in Jerusalem for three months as an Ecumenical Accompanier (human rights monitor) with EAPPI.

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