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Blood Brothers Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2003
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"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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have had the extreme honor of meeting Elias Chacour after I read this book. I stayed with him in his village of Ibillin in Galilee. While there we spoke every evening, often late into the night about the struggles and hardships that both sides have faced in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is very committed to doing everything he can to better his people's situations while also defending the Jews and their claim to the land as well. He in no way is anti-Israel, or anti-Jew. As he says, we all come from the same God, from the same Mother and Father, and from the same land.
I saw the ruins of his village, which he is not allowed to move back to. I saw the graves of his mother and father. I saw the church that he describes so well as the place that saved him. But, more importantly, I saw a new side of this conflict.Read more ›
This book shows a side to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that is far too often untold or dismissed. It is the side of the exiled, those forced off their land to create the modern nation of Israel. In no way is this book a polemical jab against the Jewish nation, rather it is the true story of a Christian Palestinian working within Israel to create a peaceful land where all are truly welcomed and are safe.
This is a must read for all. It will open your eyes.
Showing promise as a young student, Chacour is given the rare privilege of attending seminary in Paris and becomes the first Palestinian Arab to earn a degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His educational exploits expose him not only to Jews with a genuine compassion for Palestinian suffering but to Christians with very little. Returning to Palestine, he accepts a position as a priest in the small, embittered Palestinian town of Ibillin. Ironically, it is through the malice of Ibillin's Christians that Chacour becomes intimately acquainted with his own propensity for violence. Having reached his limit of exposure to interfamilial strife in the town, Chacour emotes, "Silent, still, I lay there, aware for the first time that I was capable of vicious, killing hatred.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Possibly one of the best books I have ever read. Reads like a novel, but it is true, and eye opening.Published 2 months ago by J. Brewer
Elias Chacour tells the story of a very brave and courageous young man trying to get an education in Palestine and the people who helped him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Schreuder
I couldn't put it down. It amazes me how "real" life is so different from what is reported. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
An accurate story of the Palestinian occupation by Israeli Govt. Tells the true story which is not popular in the press or television marketplace. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Virginia G. Gambill
Another book to open eyes for Palestine/Israel, and how to pray for itk and how to work for it. Moving, heart-breaking, and even funny--the section where, as a young priest, he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by o. keith hueftle
The dramatic story of a Palestinian Christian Priest working for peace in Israel. At the end of World War 2, when the Jewish State of Israel was formed, Jews committed the same... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Darrell Stoddard
This book is a must read book/ This will elp you understand more about the middle east conflict. The Jews and the PPalestinines are Blood brothersPublished 8 months ago by Judy in Sandy
MUST reading for all Christians!!!!. Another side to current news.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer