In view of the terrible events in Israel and Palestine, it is not easy to find appropriate words that do justice to the suffering of both sides. HEKS would therefore like to give space to the very personal voices of the people with whom we are connected through our work. The voice of Avi Dabush, director of the HEKS partner organisation Rabbis for Human Rights, who survived the Hamas attack in a shelter on his kibbutz. The voice of Amal Shanty, our HEKS staff member who fled with her family to the south of the Gaza Strip. And the voice of Grossmünster pastor and HEKS board member Christoph Sigrist, who cultivates dialogue and prayer with Jewish and Muslim people. We asked all three the same seven questions.
We are doing this because we believe it is important to listen to these voices, which are often rather quiet. They show that the experiences of the last few weeks have been very different and yet in some cases have raised similar concerns, but also hopes. And they show that there are voices between the fronts that have hardened in recent weeks.
HEKS/EPER provides emergency aid
After weeks of bombardment, the supply of drinking water, electricity, fuel, food and other basic necessities to the people of the Gaza Strip remains extremely precarious. HEKS/EPER is supporting the civilian population in need.