BROTHERS. THE DRAMATIC STORY. OF A PALESTINIAN. CHRISTIAN WORKING. FOR PEACE IN ISRAEL. ELIAS CHACOUR. WITH DAVID HAZARD. C. Read Blood Brothers PDF - The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour Baker Books | As a child. Blood brothers. by: Chacour, Elias, ; Hazard, David urn:acs6: bloodbrothersexp00elia:pdf:e9aceaedacd98ba45d
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Blood brothers by Elias Chacour; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Palestinian Arabs, Biography, Arab-Israeli conflict, Jewish-Arab. Review of Elias Chacour's Blood Brothers. 1/12 His Curriculum Vitae: Hwww. bestthing.info His book was translated into. 1. Person Interviewed: Elias Chacour. 2. Theme of Video: Blood Brothers: A Palestinian Christian Continues to Work for Peace in Israel. Preliminary discussion.
The original population of what is now Israel was 96 percent Muslim and Christian, yet, these refugees are prohibited from returning to their homes in the self-described Jewish state and those within Israel are subjected to systematic discrimination.
Thousands of Palestinian men, women, and children are held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian borders even internal ones are controlled by Israeli forces. Periodically men, women, and children are strip searched; people are beaten; women in labor are prevented from reaching hospitals at times resulting in death ; food and medicine are blocked from entering Gaza, producing an escalating humanitarian crisis.
Israeli forces invade almost daily, injuring, kidnapping, and sometimes killing inhabitants. According to the Oslo peace accords of , these territories were supposed to finally become a Palestinian state.
However, after years of Israel continuing to confiscate land and conditions steadily worsening, the Palestinian population rebelled.
The Barak offer, widely reputed to be generous, was anything but.
According to a census there were 16, Jews in Hebron, a figure which rose to an estimated 20, in In Nablus, during the same period, the number of Jewishresidentsrosefrom15, to 21, In Bethlehem, the figure rose from 6, to 7,; in Ramleh it rose from 7, to 13,; in Haifa it was 24, rising to ,; in Gaza it was 17, rising to 21,; and in Jerusalem the Jewish community more than doubled, soaring from 62, to , Before , everyone who lived in Palestine — both Arab and Jew — was a Palestinian.
Every child who was born to a Palestinian Arab father after this date, whether in Palestine or outside, is a Palestinian.
Article 7: Jews of Palestinian origin are considered Palestinians if they are willing to live peacefully and loyally in Palestine. Questions of History There are questions of history that few readers of Blood Brothers will bother to ask as they are captivated by a tragic personal story, therefore accepting all the suggested facts of history.
The Arab Liberation Army ALA ordered the depopulation of Arab villages so they could turn them into military positions from which to launch their attacks against the fledgling Jewish state What is apparent is that Blood Brothers is a political book with a veneer of being above politics, which claims to be a story told as a vehicle for reconciliation and peace.
In fact, it is a heavily politically biased book that tells a story of Palestinian pain in order to off-balance the impact of the Holocaust.
Although innocent civilians had to watch the destruction of their village and separation from loved ones, most of those villagers live today as citizens of Israel having received some form of compensation for property loss.
Heartbreaking though this may have been for those concerned, this cannot be described as ethnic cleansing However, as in all wars, there were injustices for which there has not yet been any compensation.
There is no comparable correlation with what the Nazis did in the industrialised murder of six million Jewish men, women and children and what happened to Palestinian Arabs in and following. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.
They returned to their home over a month later to find someone else living there, who refused to believe the returning family actually owned the house and did not leave. He expresses no evangelical convictions nor does he relate a conversion experience.
How Palestine Became Colonized
It seems that many European Protestant Evangelicals, who would not consider the Roman Catholic Church or the various Orthodox denominations to be authentic expressions of biblical Christianity apply a different standard when it comes to the Middle East. Such evangelicals seem to adopt an elastic definition of a Biblical Christian which includes Catholics and Orthodox in the Middle East.
Educational activism[ edit ] Chacour came to the village of Ibillin in the Galilee as a young priest in Elias, seeing the lack of educational opportunities for Arab youth beyond the 8th grade, set about creating a school open to all local children, regardless of religious affiliation.
The newly formed high school moved from temporary quarters in the community center to the new building as soon as it was ready. The original high school has expanded considerably and now includes a kindergarten, primary school, high school and gifted program.
The co-educational Mar Elias Educational Institutions enroll 2, students from age 3 through 18, including Muslims , Christians , and Druze. The main city of his diocese is Haifa, the great city of northern Israel. He was consecrated a bishop in the church of Saint Elias in Ibillin and his enthronement in the Haifa Cathedral was broadcast by the Melkite Ecumenical television station "Noursat" which originates in Beirut , Lebanon.
The Jesuit journal "America" reported that there had been accusations of sexual harassment and mismanagement against Chacour. In addition, many visitors, fact-finding missions, and pilgrims have come to Ibillin.
In recognition of his humanitarian efforts he has received honors including the World Methodist Peace Award, the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur , the Peacemakers in Action Award from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding , and the Niwano Peace Prize Japan as well as honorary doctorates from five universities including Duke and Emory.Israeli forces invade almost daily, injuring, kidnapping, and sometimes killing inhabitants.
Before the UN resolution that brought Israel into existence, Jews had been returning to Palestine for hundreds of years. In the Jews of Jerusalem had stood side-by-side with the Muslims to defend Jerusalem against the Crusaders and by they once again formed the majority population in Jerusalem.
However, after years of Israel continuing to confiscate land and conditions steadily worsening, the Palestinian population rebelled. According to a census there were 16, Jews in Hebron, a figure which rose to an estimated 20, in
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