An Orthodox Christian’s Report from Palestine on Gaza

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed mostly women and children. Over fifty families have been entirely wiped out where all members have died. This is a slaughter. The saddest story is the four boys ages 7-11 years old killed (July 16) on the beach while playing soccer. They were fired upon twice by air and by sea. So tragic!

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh,

The bloodshed continues in Gaza where today another UN school came under attack while hundreds of people were receiving shelter.  This is the fourth UN building to be fired upon.  A huge disaster and people were angry to be attacked in a place that was suppose to be safe. The churches in Gaza are overflowing with women and children since there are over 120,000 displaced people in this terrible violence between Israel and Hamas.

A cease fire is nowhere in sight because Hamas is asking for the siege to be uplifted on Gaza.

maria_khouryThis evening we have had a turning point in the war where major clashes have taken place for many hours between protesters in solidarity with Gaza and the Israeli police at the Kalandia checkpoint which crosses from Ramallah into Israel.  The protest turned violent when the Israeli army fired live ammunition killing two protester and wounding over 50 others. The next few days will be critical to reveal if this will be the 3rd uprising. It is the biggest protest that has taken place in a decade. Thousands of people are angry and fed up with the Israeli occupation and expressed it by throwing rocks at the soldiers.

It is not shocking to me that during the emergency UN meeting yesterday in Geneva, the United States was the only country to vote “no” for an international investigation into human rights violations in Gaza.

Seven out of the thirteen hospitals in Gaza have severe damage and the Home for the Disabled was bombed killing two special needs women.  The El Wafa hospital was bombed (July 17) twice  destroying seven million dollars worth of essential medical equipment. The major power plant was bombed.  A humanitarian disaster has unfolded since July 8th when Gaza came under fire and Hamas keeps shooting rockets into Israel.  The Al Jazeera News office was also attacked yesterday; 12 ambulances have been destroyed.

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed mostly women and children. Over fifty families have been entirely wiped out where all members have died.  This is a slaughter. The saddest story is the four boys ages 7-11 years old  killed (July 16) on the beach while playing soccer. They were fired upon twice by air and by sea. So tragic!

32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and 3 civilians. May our Lord have mercy!

I sincerely thank John Maddex for offering me a voice on Ancient Faith Radio.

Please forgive me for this very political email and I beg you to pray for peace in the world. What has happened to Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Syria is part of the master plan to clean the Middle East of Christians so that Israel can be viewed as the only democracy in the Middle East with the heavy American dollars supporting it.  The whole campaign to “get the terrorists” has created more fundamental and fanatic Muslims. This is the new face of the Middle East that has gone back one thousand years in time.

Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord. Psalm 27:14

With the love of Christ from the Holy Land that is full of bloodshed, Maria

Dr. Khoury lives in Palestine, on the West Bank of the Jordan River, in the Biblical land of Judea and Samaria. The Khourys returned to the family village of Taybeh following the Oslo Peace Agreement (1993) to boost the economy and raise their children with centuries-old Palestinian Christian values and traditions.  She is the author of several Orthodox Christian children’s books. Currently she is a volunteer in her husband’s home village of Taybeh at St. George Greek Orthodox Church to help fundraise for a vital housing project aimed at helping families obtain their first home on land donated by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

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