Con­cern for Gaza

The Church of England - - THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND -

Sir, I do hope that the Rev Bob Mayo’s con­cern for Gaza cov­ers all facets of life there - es­pe­cially as Ha­mas showed its true colours for all to see by re­fus­ing to al­low women to run in the planned UN Marathon.

This of course would in­clude the fight for the demo­cratic rights of ap­prox­i­mately half a mil­lion peo­ple res­i­dent there. And not ig­nore the glar­ing de­nial to Gazans of other ba­sic civil rights by the regime that rules the area with an iron fist. Ha­mas is du­plic­i­tous, as Mr Mayo must re­alise by now.

The Doha agree­ment be­tween Ha­mas and Fatah lies im­po­tent with ev­ery day that Ha­mas re­fuses to not only per­mit elec­tions in Gaza, but even al­low a di­rect po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion to re­side and op­er­ate there.

Here’s hop­ing the con­cern for Gazan Arabs de­liv­ers a brand new demo­cratic elec­tion as op­posed to a seven-year-old re­sult be­ing clung to by the rad­i­cal mili­tia cur­rently in situ.

By the way, if Mr Mayo wants to run more than 26 miles in the Holy Land I sug­gest he takes road 60 from Jerusalem to Nablus [through Sa­maria and past Bethel and Shilo] which I es­ti­mate is about 60 miles long with no check­points - I have driven along it, but not run it — yet! FR Baigel Bury, Lancs

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