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How Long O Lord?: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Voices from the Ground and Visions for the Future in Israel/Palestine [Kindle Edition]

Marine Tobin
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How Long O Lord? The prophet’s ancient cry for justice sounds as plaintively and passionately today as it ever has. In this penetrating and provocative collection of essays, Maurine and Robert Tobin have brought together a group of peacemakers—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim—whose religious convictions compel them towards a common aim: a just peace for Israel/Palestine. Anyone looking for easy answers to one of the most complicated political and religious struggles on the globe will not find them here. Instead, the voices of these women and men challenge and confront many commonly held assumptions. They disturb and unsettle comforting illusions of order and security, and they unmask and name “powers and principalities” for what they are—perpetrators of injustice and evil. Those who pray with their Bibles in one hand and the newspaper in the other will find this book an invaluable aid in active prayer and engagement.

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it is the points of view of those contributors which mak this a valuable resource for anyone concerned about the future of the peoples inhabiting the ancient land of Palestine....Before picking up the book this reviewer fancied himself better read and informed than most Americans on the issues lying at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But after a brief initial foray into the book, I found that I was ill-informed (and perhaps intentionally misinformed). As my reading progressed I was left with the inescapable conclusion that Palestine is the locale of one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated civil rights struggles of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. (Benedictines Journal, Fall-Winter 2009)

No Peace in the middle east without justice, no justice without truth-telling . . . Fifteen authors—Jewish, Muslim, and Christian—confront the irreconcilable facts of Israeli settlements and Palestinian dispossession. A provocative offering which finds hope in forging non-violent alternatives to the cycle of violence. A must read. (Rt. Rev. Arthur Walmsley Retired Bishop Of Connecticut.)

The Tobins . . . are to be commended for bringing together such a rich collection of thought and spirituality, and for their efforts to do the real work of peace: telling the truth about this conflict, the settlement of which may be the key to any lasting happiness in both their part of the world and ours. (Sewanee Theological Review)

This impressive collection of writings . . . provides penetrating historical and political analysis and fresh perspectives on possibilities of hope for the people of Isreal and Palestine. (The Other Side Of Show Business)

The cycle of death and hopelessness in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian agony, shrouded by a fog of media distortion, has left many Americans confused and numbed. We yearn to hear fresh voices with some clear answers to the vexing questions that torment us. How did things go so awry when, only a few years back, peace seemed so close? What can we here in the U.S. do to help end the torment? For anyone who wrestles with these questions, this superb collection is required reading. It is fair and factual and lucid. It cuts through the fog and in doing so sheds light on some hopeful new possibilities for justice and peace in the holy land. (Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University; author of The Future of Faith)

About the Author

MAURINE AND ROBERT TOBIN have been actively working for a just peace in Israel/Palestine since their first visit there in 1994. Robert is the rector of Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1561012149
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (May 25, 2003)
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable and highly recommended compilation September 15, 2003
Collaboratively compiled by Maurine and Robert Tobin, How Long O Lord? is an impressive anthology of writings by Christians, Jews, and Muslims concerning the need for a just peace in Israel and Palestine. Confronting commonly held assumptions, examining all sides of the issues and attempting to untangle a complex web of conflict, power struggle, and the desperate search for hope, How Long O Lord? an unforgettable and highly recommended compilation offering understanding into a deadly, enduring, multifaceted conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This tells it like it is January 4, 2004
As a frequent traveller to Israel/Palestine and having met most of the authors of the essays collected, I am amazed at how well each from each writer's perspective have represented reality as I have come to understand the reality on the ground.
Israel's safety and a safe place for Jews is of prime importance. But safety cannot come without an equal passion for justice. Pithily put: Sow Justice, Reap Security.
It is important that the voices represented in this collection be heard. The daily headlines tell part of the story. This is another part and one that makes the story more complete.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Long Indeed? August 13, 2010
How Long O Lord? is a collection of essays dealing with the on-going coflict between Jews and Palestinians in the Holy Land. As an overview, the writers uniformly issue a call for peace and reconciliation. The burden is first on the Jews to discontinue their actions which dis-empower and isolate Palestinian communities in the Occupied Territories. The onus is then on the Palestinians to accept this peace and engage in recociliation and forgiveness.

The book is logically laid out in three sections. The first section deals with the history of the conflict in the Holy Land. This was the weakest part of the book in that it was the most blatently anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. This taking of sides is in many way the root cause of the on-going conflict. The second part deals with groups that are searching for non-violent means of ending the conflict. This part providedroad maps that might eventually result in peace. The third part is the most hopeful, covering ideas about how a peace might look and why it must come about.

I found How Long O Lord? to be, for the most part, very thought provoking. hwever, some parts were aggrevating because of the favoritism that was apparent. But, overall, the book was well worth reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tough to read as I like to flip back as I am reading December 11, 2014
By wally
My first Kindle purchase. Tough to read as I like to flip back as I am reading.
If you need a reason as a christian or a jew and have no interest in the truth this is a book for you.
I am embarassed as an Episcopalian that the former presiding bishop wrote the forward.
This is a book about how to hate regardless of the truth
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a one-sided look at a many-sided region December 1, 2003
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This book does indeed include essays written by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Do not, however, assume from this that it is in any sense objective or that it examines the Middle East from all sides. This is a book in which Jewish, Christian and Muslim critics of Israel all have a chance to write about everything that they see as being wrong with Israel. No one who has been following the Middle East is in any danger of learning anything new. Those who are new to the issue are, however, likely to be puzzled by the divergence between the picture presented here and reality as we know it.
It is, after all, in the territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority that editors of opposition newspapers are kneecapped, their printing presses smashed. It is in the PA-controlled territories that people are are tried and sentenced without benefit of counsel and that individuals suspected of sympathy with Israel are routinely murdered by vigilante gangs. It is in Palestinian schools that children are taught to become suicide bombers. And Palestinian television that broadcasts racist canards about Jews.
Meanwhile it is in Israel that Muslims vote and elect representatives to Parliament. In Israel that Muslim women are equal to Muslim men before the courts.
In Israel there is a free press, an independent judiciary, and a school system that makes real efforts to teach tolerance.
That said, Israel is no more perfect thatn any other country. If you want to see all of the warts, this is your book.
Do be careful, however, about accepting the facts as presented. Whole sections would have to be shelved in the fiction section of an honest library.
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