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04.24.10

A great place to begin

Filed under: books,Palestine / Israel — 10:53 am

Blood Brothers

The first book I ever read about the Palestinian/Israeli struggle is “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour.  This incredible memoir remains my favorite – and a GREAT way for anyone to begin learning – for two reasons. 

First, Fr. Chacour is simply telling his story.  He shared many dates and details about the conflict, which was SO helpful for me, but it’s all based in his actual experience of being a Palestinian Christian in these last 60 years.  He reminds us that this whole conflict is, above all, about real people, not just beliefs or policies.  Second, it is abundantly clear that Fr. Chacour wants peace and reconciliation more than justice and revenge.  In spite of the terrible things done to his family, he is not an angry man.  In fact, when a few of my friends went to visit him in February, he told them: 

“If you’ve come to side with us, the Palestinians, go home in peace, don’t leave us in pieces. But if you will listen to and care for all people in this land—Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze and unbelievers alike—you are welcome.”

Click HERE to learn more about this incredible man of peace.  And if you read (or have read) his book, I’d love to hear what you think!

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  1. […] you’re interested in learning more between now and then, may I recommend two resources? (1) “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour (2) This short film created by our friends and Kensington […]

    Pingback by Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-America, Pro-Peace, and Pro-Jesus « aaron niequist — September 4, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

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