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Passion Islam I February 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 9
UK Christians, Jews and Muslims
unite to assist Gaza victims
and on the basis of need alone
regardless of ethnicity, religion or
“We understand the complexity
of the situation in the region and we
support the rights of Israel to security
and self-defence and Palestinians
to self-determination, believing that
this can be best achieved through a
lasting peace settlement,” he said.
“We cannot, however, stand by in
the meantime. We are bound to play
our part in the relief of suffering in
the region generally and in Gaza in
particular at the present time.”
The Archbishop called on people
of all faiths and none to support the
appeal, which has also been endorsed
by the Council of Christians and Jews
The Archbishop of Canterbury, of Christian Aid, Islamic Relief and and the Christian Muslim Forum.
the head of the Muslim Charities Physicians for Human Rights-Israel The CMF said, “We strongly
Foundation and the head of the in the wake of conflict between Israel support this initiative to enable people
Movement for Reform Judaism in the and Hamas. from our two faith traditions and
UK have launched a joint appeal for The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr others to do all they can for the relief
funds towards humanitarian work in Rowan Williams, said the faith leaders of the profound humanitarian need in
Gaza. had received assurances from the aid this situation.”
The ‘Faiths Working Together’ agencies that the funds raised would The appeal on the web: www.
fund will support the emergency work be used for humanitarian purposes
Impact of arbitrary
detention under
anti-terror laws
‘These extraordinary laws’ create
‘suspect communities’ - CAMPACC
A new initiative has been launched by that these powers are used to trace people who have been stopped
the Campaign Against Criminalising harass human rights activists that under Schedule 7 and are willing to
Communities (CAMPACC) to assess work in “suspect communities” and speak about their experiences.
the impact of detention under Schedule secondly, ordinary members of those CAMPACC has been campaigning
7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. communities are being stopped purely against anti-terrorism laws since the
CAMPACC has become concerned on the basis of racial or religious introduction of the Terrorism Act 2000
about the use of Schedule 7 of TACT profiling.’ (TACT 2000), and believes that ‘these
2000 which allows people arriving The aim of the new project is to find extraordinary laws’ create ‘suspect
or leaving the UK to be stopped and out who is being stopped, why they are communities’. It works with both
questioned and held for up to nine being stopped and what questions they community and national organisations
hours to determine whether they are being asked. CAMPACC hopes to to highlight the damaging effect of the
are a terrorist. CAMPACC states publish a comprehensive report into laws on individuals, communities and
that: ‘Anecdotal evidence suggests the use of this power. It is trying to our civil liberties.
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