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This is a story about people--not politics.

Elias Chacour grew up in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Chacour began a long struggle with how to live out his personal spirituality. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical and biblical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, touching on questions such as:

•What touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?
•What does Bible prophecy really have to say?
•Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?

This international bestseller, now updated with commentary on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, offers hope and insight that can help each of us learn to live at peace in a world of tension and terror.


"Far from being peacemakers, many Christians contribute to a polarized conversation that actually fuels the conflict. Father Chacour calls us beyond that. . . . Two thousand years after Jesus walked the Galilean hills, [Chacour] and others like him still wrestle--by deep necessity--with what it means to love our enemies and be peacemakers in a broken world. Entrusted with a seemingly impossible calling, Chacour chooses to follow Jesus every step of the way, and invites us to join him."--from the foreword by Gabe Lyons and Lynne Hybels


Elias Chacour is a graduate of the Seminaire du Saint Sulpice in Paris and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is now Archbishop of the Melkite Church. He is founder of Mar Elias University and has built schools, libraries, community centers, and youth clubs throughout Israel's Galilee region, where he lives, as a source of reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

David Hazard is the director of Ascent, an international "prep school for authors"; a bestselling author; a publishing consultant; and a writing and creativity coach. For more information, see his website, www.itsyourlifebethere.com.

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Elias Chacour, a Melkite priest, is a graduate of the Seminaire du Saint Sulpice in Paris. He has built schools, libraries, community centers, and youth clubs throughout Israel's Galilee region, where he lives, as a source of reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews.

David Hazard is the director of Ascent, an author, a publishing consultant, and a writing and creativity coach. For more information, see his website, www.itsyourlifebethere.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Updated edition (April 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801015731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801015731
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donna on November 15, 2014
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Here is a story I have never heard before. I am shocked by all the many things the author tells of. I have only heard one side of the story before and it was obviously a distorted side. I am ashamed of the way I have swallowed "news" stories told in a slanted way. This book helped open my eyes to things I had been blind to.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem has taken on new meaning for me. I am reminded of how the Bible has been used to justify many atrocities such as the Crusades and slavery. I am thinking how much of we have failed to listen fully to the whole truth and teaching of God's word and Jesus' message to us. There is the recent trouble in Furgeson Missouri and all the hatred and violence it has stirred up. Love and peace, truth and righteousness, learning to practice what is taught in the Sermon on the Mount, seem to be the same answers for many situations and unrest in the world today.

I think this book should be mandatory reading in all school's curriculum. I recommend it to everyone. Please read this book.
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This short turn-the-other-cheek tome takes us from the Nakba, the mass murders and evictions of Palestine’s indigenous Christians and Muslims to the mass murders of the sabra and Shantila refugee camps. It is the autobiography of Elias Chacour, a prominent priest of the Greek Catholic faith and tells how he was expelled as a child by rampaging Israeli soldiers and how he and his people suffered at the hands of their Israeli oppressors ever since.
That is at the core of the book. Wrapped around that harsh reality of how abominably the Israelis have maltreated those they illegally dispossessed is a saccharine mountain of Christian love the priest, like his parents before him, dishes out to all and sundry. Perhaps such mountains of sweetness are needed to counteract the very bitter pill the Palestinians have been made to swallow.
Though Chacour’s path of unrequited Christian love would not be for everyone at least he made his choice, as we all should do. Though I am not convinced such love works in the face of implacable hate mongers, the man deserves respect – much more so than the many Israeli terrorists turned politicians who make fleeting appearances in the book.
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This man has done amazing work in Israel/Palestine and is a person of compassion, vision and insight! I highly recommend this book and also that you look on the web for the work he has done.
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A very apt description of the area and problems. I have lived in several Mid East countries and was part of a U.S. government department that was providing food for the refugee camps, which did very little, due to the Palestine culture, infighting and corruption It is still hard to remember and describe the unbelievable conditions. I have friends on both sides and it is difficult to get either side to get past generations of culture, repeated stories and written history of atrocities, some true, some enhanced thru time. The hatred is so ingrained that it is almost impossible to change in any great numbers although does not mean any less of what the good religious peacemaker has accomplished. My own feelings was that it was was slightly tilted to the Palestinian side. I also have seen the holocaust death camps and I am afraid that there will be no lasting solution in at least my time
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This is a book which fed my soul. I was challenged by this man's deep, abiding communion with the living Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The story of the injustices that Chacour and his village suffered, challenge the assumptions that we Westerners have accepted as true for such a long time.

It is shocking that despite 2 Israeli Supreme Court decisions, and numerous inquiries, the villagers, who had lived there for centuries, have not been allowed to return to their village. Just google "Biram, Israel", and you'll see what I mean. The most recent reference is found in the newspaper: Hararetz: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.545977.

Nevertheless, Elias Chacour harbors no bitterness, and lives and preaches the Sermon on the Mount.
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I love Chacour's self examination as he battles the opposition to his very existence. Humble reflections that bring us right back to the foot of the cross and and the example of the man from Galilee, love the. Lord you God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. To be forgiven we must always first forgive.....Elias Chacour's example inspires me to search my heart for what is required of me....silence is not an option anymore. People of the cross must take a stand no matter what the cost. Thank you Elias Chacour, I would love to meet you someday in your beloved Galilee.
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The world needs Elias Chacour's voice now more than ever. If you want a better understanding of the perspective of the Palestinian people in Israel, read this book. If you want to be challenged by the words of a man who has made it his life's work truly to live out the teachings of Jesus, read this book. I wish more Christians in the West would read this and learn that there is more than one side to what is taking place in Israel. We need Chacour's message of justice for the Palestinians and lasting peace with their Jewish "blood brothers."
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