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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 were 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. ...
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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 were 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800790967
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1987
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
An Urgent Word Before 13
1 News in the Wind 19
2 Treasures of the Heart 31
3 Swept Away 44
4 Singled Out 62
5 The Bread of Orphans 81
6 The Narrowing Way 92
7 The Outcasts 111
8 Seeds of Hope 122
9 Grafted In 139
10 Tough Miracles 158
11 Bridges or Walls? 180
12 "Work, for the Night Is Coming" 200
13 One Link 218
Epilogue: My Questions and My Challenge 229
A Hopeful Word After 232
References 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    A fair account

    This book is a very touching recount of the life of a Palestinian Arab and his memories of being expelled from his village when the Jews took over Israel and the hardships that took on his life after the fact. While Chacour does give these painful accounts of the life he has had to face, he in no way is bitter or hateful because of them. On the contrary, he offers possible solutions to the conflicts while explaining his side of the story and providing a great deal of history. Chacour tells his readers about the prejudices that were placed against him by the Jews in Israel and Europeans or all religions. He was made to leave the home he and his family had known for thousands of years and then had to read in history books that it never happened! He explains how these experiences led him to God. The story then moves on to explaining his struggles with the Israeli government to gain rights for his people. I have had the extreme honor of meeting Elias Chacour after I read this book and 2 years before the 9/11 attacks and then again just a few weeks ago. 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. I no longer saw the Arabs as savages and terrorists that were trying to steal the land from the Jews, but rather as a race of people who is enduring the same oppression that the Jews faced for centuries. Elias Chacour is a holy man who just wants peace between these two races. This book is telling a side of the story that so often is hidden from the Western World. If you a person who is interested in opening his/her eyes to the real issues that are stopping peace from becoming reality and not just an ideal - then you need to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    Inspirational and Insightful!!!

    I bought this book few days ago from Transmillennial(R) 2001 knowing that it would give me some fresh insights concerning Middle Eastern conflicts. I was correct on sensing what my mind was up to. Yet its impact was far more surpassing than what I expected. By reading this book I felt like I was being involved spiritually in Elias's life, similar to what his Champion would've experienced. I'm so thankful that God led me to purchase this book. Now I feel like going to Galilee and be a part of this reconciliation movement that Elias is leading. This book is undoubtedly far more reliable than any other newspaper articles you would read about Middle Eastern conflicts, because this book does not simply provide information but lets you to EXPERIENCE the life of a man from Galilee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    History Teacher Recommends

    Andrew Christopherson, a history teacher friend of mine in Redlands California, owns a copy of this and speaks enthusiastically about it. In an era of misinformation and biased reporting in favor of Israel, he states that this book does an excellent job of illuminating the relevant perspectives.

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