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Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel Paperback – February 1, 2003
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From the Back Cover
Is it possible to live at peace in the midst of conflict?
"From my perspective, both as a believer and as a diplomat, I take hope and comfort in knowing that amid all the hatred, destruction, and death, Father Chacour continues his patient work, softening one heart at a time."
James A. Baker III, U.S. Secretary of State, 1989-1992
"An accurate, moving account worthy of careful attention."
Wes Pippert, former UPI bureau chief
As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. The townspeople were proud of their ancient Christian heritage and lived at peace with their Jewish neighbors. But in 1948 and '49 their idyllic lifestyle was swept away as tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps.
An exile in his native land, Elias began a years-long struggle with his love for the Jewish people and the world's misunderstanding of his own people, the Palestinians. How was he to respond? He found his answer in the simple, haunting words of the Man of Galilee: "Blessed are the peacemakers."
In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as:
" What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?
" What does Bible prophecy really have to say?
" Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?
In a world of tension and terror, this book offers hope and insight that can help each of us learn to live at peace.
About the Author
Elias Chacour (Shah-koor), a Melkite priest, is a graduate of the Seminaire du Saint Sulpice in Paris and the first Palestinian to earn a degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 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. Chacour, who speaks eight languages, has taught in synagogues, mosques, and churches around the world.
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I definitely recommend this book. It has changed my views towards Palestinians and given me much more empathy, and greatly influenced my prayers for them and the state of Israel. Unfortunately, as long as they celebrate terrorists and reward their families for terrorist acts, the Israeli army will continue to respond with an iron fist. As Elias Chacour would say we need to pray for both sides and look for ways to bring about a peace in Israel.
Recommended to all readers, especially those interested in the complexities of relationships among those who dwell, and have dwelt, in Israel.
While the realities of the times were harsh he never sounds bitter or vindictive; and he reminds Christians that one of the central teachings of Jesus is to love our enemies. Abuna shows us how. I think this man should get the Nobel Prize for Peace, and maybe even sainthood.
The book is a quick read, and I recommend it for a) all serious Christians; b) all young people who want to learn more about life in the Middle East, especially the catastrophe that happened to Palestinians in 1948.
Thirty years ago Abuna started a private school in rural Galilee that now serves thousands of young people including Arabs, Jews and Christians, from kindergarten through college.