Report from Kairos Conference in Bethlehem: an interview with Father Robert Assaly

robert assaly head shot

The Rev. Robert Assaly was ordained an Anglican priest 23 years ago in Ottawa. In 1992 he was sent to be the Director of the Middle East Council of Churches’ Jerusalem office. While there he was appointed Anglican Vicar of Gaza, returning to Canada after three years. He has been a member of the Church’s Middle East Working Group since the late-80s, and is Chair of Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS). I interviewed him after his return from the Kairos Conference in Bethlehem, held in December 2014.


Mr. Baird, if you believe in the Canadian value of “fairness” why don’t you lead an all-party factfinding trip to Gaza?

baird in jerusalem

One hundred and sixteen Canadian parliamentarians, including John Baird and Stephen Harper have been to Israel since it began the blockade of Gaza. Many on trips paid for by the Israel lobby. No Canadian parliamentarian has been to Gaza in the last 3 years. I suggest Mr. Baird take some colleagues to take a look.

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