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  1. Humble_Gursevak

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    From: World Sikh Council - America Region <contact@worldsikhcouncil.org>
    To: World Sikh Council - America Region <contact@worldsikhcouncil.org>
    Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 11:06:46 -0400
    Subject: Prayers for Peace in Middle East & UN Sikh Peacekeepers
    WSC-AR Joins in 'Season of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East';
    Sikh UN Peacekeepers Provide Help While Under Fire in Southern Lebanon

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 29, 2006

    Contact: Manmohan Singh, Secretary General, World Sikh Council - America Region, 972-684-4638, contact@worldsikhcouncil.org

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    Photo Caption: Two Sikh UN personnel (wearing turbans) carry the body of one of the four UN military observers who was killed by an Israeli bombardment of the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam. (Photo courtesy of Lotfallah Daher/AP)

    In response to the bloody conflict between Hezbollah and Israel as well as Palestine and Israel, the World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) has joined hands with sister national religious communities in the United States to engage in prayers for peace in the Middle East.

    "We call upon the Sikh community to hold special prayers at Gurdwaras for peace in the Middle East and to partner with local inter-religious groups to pray for peace," said Dr. Manohar Singh, Chairperson of WSC-AR. "We need to recognize the suffering of all those affected by this escalating conflict and pray for Sarbat daa Bhallaa (well-being of all). We also should pray for the safety of the brave Sikh UN peacekeeping soldiers currently helping in Southern Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East."

    Sikh UN peacekeeping soldiers in Southern Lebanon provided major assistance in the rescue efforts after the recent deadly shelling by Israeli defense forces of a UN observation post in which four UN military observers were killed. Hundreds of Sikh soldiers, serving as United Nations peacekeepers, are currently deployed in Southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights in the Middle East.

    WSC-AR has developed the 'Season of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East' in collaboration with the National Council of Churches (NCC) - USA, Religions for Peace (RFP) - USA, and other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations. Religious representatives of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities have currently signed on to this initiative. They have agreed to encourage their religious communities to participate and send in prayer resources from their communities that might be posted on a web site.

    "Religious communities are good at praying for the suffering of our own," said NCC's Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations, Dr. Shanta Premawardhana. "But the best in our religious traditions call us to pray for the suffering 'other' and that's what we are asking our religious communities to do."

    "We are encouraging religious communities to pray for peace as they gather in their own communities. We are also encouraging religious communities to join with others in common events of witness for peace," said Rev. Bud Heckman, Executive Director of RFP - USA.

    In order to provide religious communities resources to do this well, the Interfaith Relations ministry of the National Council of Churches USA has launched a new Web site -- www.seasonofprayer.org. The website compiles prayers, scripture texts, hymns, litanies, poems and other prayer aids from many religious traditions, appropriate to the current crisis in the Middle East. It includes prayers from Sikh, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and other faith traditions as well interfaith prayers.

    This multi-faith coalition for peace in the Middle East issued the following statement:
    We, leaders of several religious traditions have come together to encourage you, our religious communities to engage in prayer for peace in the Middle East. We encourage you to do this as you gather for your regular worship or faith observances.
    We also encourage you to engage with other religious communities in your neighborhood in events offering a joint witness to peace.
    We will post prayers, litanies, scripture texts, hymns and other prayer aids on this web site. We also encourage you to send new and creative liturgical material that you have composed or used to post on this web site for others to use.
    As religious leaders we are deeply concerned about the escalating violence in the Middle East. We pray for all those who are suffering, both those of our own communities and those we consider the 'other.' We pray for an urgent end to hostilities that will both save lives and lead to a just, lasting, and secure peace.
    Pray like everything depends on God
    Work like everything depends on you.
    Signed by:
    Bishop Dimitrios Couchell, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
    Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches USA
    Dr. Manohar Singh, Chairperson, World Sikh Council - America Region
    Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey, Executive Director, Alliance of Baptists
    Rev. Dr. Cliff Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA)
    The Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, Moderator, Religions for Peace-USA and Ecumenical Officer, Orthodox Church in America
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressive
    Rev. Michael Livingston, President, National Council of Churches USA and Executive Director,
    International Council of Community Churches
    Rev. William G. Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
    Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
    Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center
    Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of
    Christ) of United States and Canada

    Many of the Sikh soldiers in Southern Lebanon, who have come under fire from the Israeli defense forces, are a part of a battalion of a Sikh Regiment sent by India to this volatile region of conflict for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL) along with Ghana Army forces. They are deployed at five "hotspots" in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel where the exchange of hostilities between Israeli defense forces and Hezbollah is taking place across their positions. Last week Rajinder Singh, a Sikh UN soldier of the 4 Sikh Regiment, was injured in the Israeli shelling of the border village of Houla, near the contentious Sheikh Abbad Tomb post in Shiite dominated southern Lebanon.

    Some Sikh peacekeeping troops are also posted at the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syria border since January of 2006. They are a part of the UN Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF), a group of 185 officers and troops from India, Canada, Japan, Slovakia, Austria and Poland.

    While some Sikh civilians of Indian origin have been evacuated from Lebanon, hundreds more still remain in the country trapped by the cross-fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah.

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    Member Gurdwaras of WSC-AR:
    1. Gurdwara Sahib Fremont, Fremont, CA
    2. Guru Nanak Sikh Mission, Livingston, CA
    3. Sikh Gurdwara of LA, North Hollywood, CA
    4. Sikh Gurdwara Riverside, Riverside, CA
    5. Colorado Singh Sabha, Denver, CO
    6. Guru Singh Sabha of Augusta, Augusta, GA
    7. Sikh Study Circle of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    8. Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, Palatine, IL
    9. Sikh Society of South, New Orleans, LA
    10. New England Sikh Study Circle, Boston, MA
    11. Sikh Gurdwara of Michigan, Rochester Hills, MI
    12. Sikh Society of Michigan, Madison Heights, MI
    13. Guru Nanak Foundation of Jackson, MS
    14. Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina, Durham, NC
    15. Garden State Sikh Association, Bridgewater, NJ
    16. Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Delaware Valley, Sewell, NJ
    17. Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Glenrock, NJ
    18. Sikh Sabha of New Jersey, Lawrenceville, NJ
    19. Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh, Las Vegas, NV
    20. Sikh Cultural Society Inc., Richmond Hills, NY
    21. Sikh Cultural & Edu. Society of Western NY, Buffalo, NY
    22. Sikh Religious Society of Dayton, Dayton, OH
    23. Guru Nanak Found. of Greater Cleveland, Richfield, OH
    24. Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Society, Bedford, OH
    25. Guru Nanak Religious Soc. of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH
    26. Sikh Sadh Sangat, Easton, PA
    27. Philadelphia Sikh Society, Millbourne, PA
    28. Tristate Sikh Cultural Society, Monroeville, PA
    29. Mid South Sikh Sabha, Memphis, TN
    30. Sikh Center of Gulf Coast, Houston, TX
    31. Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Richardson, TX
    32. Sikh Gurdwara of North Texas, Garland, TX
    33. Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Fairfax, VA
    34. Sikh Association of Central Virginia, VA
    35. Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin, Brookfield, WI

    Other Sikh Institution Members of WSC-AR:
    1. Siri Guru Granth Sahib Found., Anaheim, CA
    2. Sikhs Serving America, Topeka, KS
    3. Sikh Youth Federation of North America, White Plains, NY
    4. Sikh Heritage Foundation, Long Island, NY
    5. Sikh Educational & Religious Foundation, Dublin, OH
    6. Sikh Youth Federation of USA, Toledo, OH
    7. Academy of Guru Granth Studies, Arlington, TX

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    World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR)
    P.O. Box 3635, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA
    Phone: 614-210-0591
    E-mail: contact@worldsikhcouncil.org
    Website: www.worldsikhcouncil.org

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    Dear Veerji

    SSAKAL

    Sorry for being different from the mass and herd like thinking.

    I think to talk of peace in face of a threat is sign of a coward as is said in Gurbani.

    " Subh karman se kabhu na daru , ju chahe jab laro , nische kar apne jeet karu "

    Two Israeli have been attacked and kidnapped. How dare any one do that.

    Who the hell they think they are that you can pick up these boys and there will be no response.

    This is not like Mumbai where 200 hundred Indians have died .What is the response " NIL "

    They are now threatening to blow up your nuclear installation in India so what should we do next; wait for hydrogen bomb to be thrown on us.

    Terrorism is evil and has to be combatted at any scale .

    I think Israel is absolutely right in what it is doing.

    I wish the American Sikhs should have shown a similar solidarity when Bombs went of in Mumbai.

    Love to all the citizen on this planet.

    Let peace prevail in middle east but not at the cost of terrorism.
    There will be wars if people do not know how to respect each other.

    hps62
     

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