Brothers and sisters in Christ,

I’m deeply disheartened by the IDF raid of the flotilla with relief aid bound for Gaza. The boats contained wheelchairs, prefabricated homes, crayons, raw construction supplies, dental surgery equipment and reams of paper. Was military action called for? Was boarding these ships in international waters legal? There are lots of questions. I hope an independent investigation will produce some answers.

The blockade leaves little hope for the 1.5 million men, women and children of Gaza. This blockade must be lifted in accordance with UN Resolution 1860.

We pray that this event will intensify efforts to work for a peaceful solution in the Holy Land.

Mike Rinehart

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson’s: Statement: