Sunday, January 27, 2008

2:00 PM

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

Interfaith Prayer Service


Followed by a Vigil at the Israeli Embassy


We will gather at 2:00 PM for a prayer service led by a rabbi, a minister and an imam.  All are welcome.


At the conclusion of the prayer service, we will caravan by car to the Israeli Embassy where we will deliver a water filter, symbolic of the basic necessities (water supplies in Gaza are polluted) which are severely limited for Gazans due to the blockade imposed by Israel. We will call for an end to the siege and an immediate end to all violence.


Our efforts to seek an end to the crisis are taken in solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians  who are planning to hold a joint rally on the Israel/Gaza border on Saturday, January 26.  From the Israeli side, a relief convoy will drive to the border, bringing badly needed supplies including food and water filters.  Gathered on a hill overlooking Gaza, they will talk by phone with their Palestinian neighbors on the other side, including the well-known psychiatrist and human rights advocate Dr. Eyad Sarraj.  Under the banner, "End the Siege!" the Israeli call to action reads in part, "In a joint Israeli-Palestinian action on both sides of the border we will present a true alternative to the continuing escalation, to the shooting and killing, destruction and suffering, missiles and tanks.  An alternative of ceasefire, of a true end to direct and indirect occupation, an alternative of peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians, for Sderot and for Gaza."   Corresponding events will be held in cities including Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Milan, and Rome.  (see


"We pray for the Israelis and Palestinians to respect human life and God's love for every human life, and to take all possible measures to end this suffering. Only bold steps towards just Peace and ending the violence will protect the Human life and dignity of both People."

--A Message from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and the Holy Land to End The Siege Over Gaza (Full statement at under "News")




St. Alban's Episcopal Church

3001 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

located at the corner of Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues NW, next to the Washington Cathedral.


Israeli Embassy

3514 International Dr. NW

Washington, DC 20008.


Sponsored by the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (, Sharing Jerusalem (, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (

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