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Posted September 9, 2002
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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Posted June 23, 2001
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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Posted October 8, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.