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Prayer vigils ask to lift ban on Bishop Dawani

Prayer vigils ask to lift ban on Bishop Dawani

Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Washington and Los Angeles held prayer vigils in protest of Israeli treatment of Palestinians yesterday, including the treatment of the Bishop of Jerusaslem, Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani, who has been a permit to reside in Jerusalem:

Prayer vigils send message to Netanyahu: ‘Lift the ban on Bishop Dawani’

Episcopalians in Washington D.C., Los Angeles hold vigils as Israeli prime minister addresses Congress

Episcopalians in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles held silent prayer vigils in protest of Israeli treatment of Palestinians on May 24, the day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress about the peace process.

They sought to send a message about the Israeli government’s policies towards Palestinians in general and specifically the refusal to grant Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani a permit to reside in Jerusalem. As Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, Dawani, a Palestinian Christian, oversees congregations and institutions in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories.

“He (Netanyahu) passed by us. I don’t know if he paid attention to our signs or not” on his way to the Capitol, said the Rev. Susan Burns, rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Diocese of Washington, D.C.


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I don’t know if Netanyahu paid attention but I can tell you it was an inspiration to come up off the mall from a clergy rally for LGBT equality to see members of the Diocese of Washington — including Bishop Chane — there demonstrating for justice for Bishop Dawani. Bravo!

Susan Russell

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