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Ramallah school shut down: (Frank) Griswold files complaint.

New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of

Frank Griswold, Presiding Bishop The Presiding Bishop is an ecclesiastical position in some denominations of Christianity. Anglican
Anglican Church of New Zealand
For a short period the style Presiding Bishop was used by the Anglican Church in New Zealand.
 of the U.S. Episcopal church Episcopal Church, Anglican church of the United States. Its separate existence as an American ecclesiastical body with its own episcopate began in 1789. Doctrine and Organization
, has written to Secretary of State Colin Powell Noun 1. Colin Powell - United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
Colin luther Powell, Powell
 complaining about the Israeli closing of an Episcopal school near Jerusalem.

The Arab Evangelical School in Ramallah, 10 miles north of Jerusalem founded in 1954, belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Of its 568 students from kindergarten to high school, 70 per cent are Christians and 30 per cent are Muslims. On Dec. 13, Israeli military forces dug a deep trench across the main road, adjacent to one side of the school, making the road impassable. On the other side of the school, tanks blocked the road to prevent access.

A nearby Christian family, supporters of the school, was evicted from its home, which now serves as a barracks bar·rack 1  
tr.v. bar·racked, bar·rack·ing, bar·racks
To house (soldiers, for example) in quarters.

1. A building or group of buildings used to house military personnel.
 for 30 Israeli soldiers. Meanwhile, on Dec. 20 Israeli troops began withdrawing from positions in Ramallah which were taken following suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Haifa.

"While I am altogether sympathetic to the needs of Israel to protect herself against terrorist attack, I and many other Episcopalians are deeply concerned by what appears to be an overstepping of the requirements for security," Bishop Griswold's letter said. He added that in this case the children at the school are victims, "who are being taught the art of peace-making as an integral part of their overall curriculum."

(Bishop Griswold led a delegation of church leaders who visited Mr. Powell in June to discuss peace in the Middle East.) The Arab Evangelical School is funded in part by the Jerusalem 2000 project, an appeal to Episcopalians and Anglicans worldwide, which is raising money for a new secondary school building, classrooms, labs and equipment. The Jerusalem 2000 campaign, Building Presence, Building Peace, is a collaborative effort of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. and the rest of the Anglican Communion Anglican Communion, the body of churches in all parts of the world that are in communion with the Church of England (see England, Church of). The communion is composed of regional churches, provinces, and separate dioceses bound together by mutual loyalty as .
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Date:Feb 1, 2002
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