Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sept 14 on ABC in CHICAGO: "Augusta Victoria Hospital for Palestinians in the East Jerusalem, East Bank, and Gaza"

Watch "Sanctuary, Healing in a Holy Land,
Augusta Victoria Hospital" on Youtube

 Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries
And Tim Frakes Productions Present

A documentary on
The Augusta Victoria Hospital for Palestinians in the East Jerusalem, East Bank, and Gaza

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Originally broadcast:
Sunday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. - noon
ABC-7 Chicago

In this upcoming documentary, we will journey to the Holy Land and the Mount of Olives through the doors of Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of the Lutheran World Service, serving Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the East Bank, and Gaza.

The summer of 2014 has seen a renewal of fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, resulting in more death, destruction and hardship. Throughout the insanity of armed conflict, the Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital has served in partnership with the United Nations as a major medical facility for Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Join us for their stories of faith, courage, and healing in a holy land that will challenge what you think about your politics, and your faith on Sanctuary, ABC-7 September 14, 11:30 am – noon.

Watch "Sanctuary, Healing in a Holy Land, Augusta Victoria Hospital" on Youtube

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ELCA Presiding Bishop calls on U.S. government to honor funding commitments in Palestine:

"It is the political responsibility of the U.S. government to preserve the status quo in East Jerusalem and to ensure that a humanitarian crisis does not develop," Eaton wrote. "A humanitarian issue will most certainly arise if Augusta Victoria Hospital is unable to meet the needs of patients seeking treatment. The lives of patients at (the hospital) must not be placed in jeopardy because of this situation." (See full February 10, 2014 letter: "ELCA presiding bishop asks U.S. government to support hospital in Jerusalem")

Additional thoughts on . . . Augusta Victoria Hospital . . . 
From The Messenger (blog of St. Luke's Lutheran Church Logan Square, Chicago)
On Sunday, December 1, a small group of us met to learn more about Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), and to think about the ways in which proclamation, service, and advocacy are present in the work they do.

We learned that AVH operates an extremely modern hospital in Jerusalem, with specialties in oncology (cancer), diabetes, and gastroenterology.  Their focus is on providing world-class medical care, particularly to the Palestinian community.  Many of the doctors and other service providers at AVH are Palestinian.

We learned that, in order for Palestinian people to obtain health care, they need help surmounting many obstacles, particularly obstacles to movement.  Thus, providing health care there involves staunch advocacy.

We watched several videos: a video about AVH (Augusta Victoria Hospital: A Sign of Hope in a Troubled Land ) as well as a World Health Organization video about the difficulties of getting health care under occupation:  Fatenah (Part 1Part 2Part 3).

All of this led to a lot of discussion, including discussion about how unequal access to health care is often encountered as a justice issue — including in many parts of Chicago.