Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel

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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...

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780800793210
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    AMAZING

    'Blood Brothers' is a truly inspiring and amazing book. This nonfiction book written by Elias Chacour is an unforgettable story of a Palestinian involved in the Palestine-Israel conflict. Elias Chacour is a Palestinian who dedicated his life for peace in Israel, and tells of the influences that shaped his life. Since he was a little boy, he referred to Jesus as his 'Champion' and that he could feel His presence. Many of his important lessons came from his father. '[Elias' father often] said, 'Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.' 'I didn't know it then,' says Elias Chacour after he describes his father's words, 'but this was to be one of the most important prayers of my life.' Early in his childhood, his village is raided by soldiers and all of the villagers homes were ruined in addition to being exiled out of their village forever. In attempt give their youngest son an education, Elias' parents ask the Bishop, that frequently visited, to send Elias to school. The Bishop agrees and that becomes the start of Elias' development towards working for peace. Father Chacour describes his struggles between the connection that he feels with the Jewish, as his father always referred to them as their 'blood brothers,' and the way his people were being exiled from their homes and how their situation is pretty much unrecognized in the world. This book really shows how we can make peace happen, and I truly recommend this book to people who are currently researching the Palestine-Israel conflict, wants to know more about this issue, or just wants a good, inspiring book to read. Elias Chacour really has a way of pulling you into the book and making you feel personally involved. I just finished reading this book since it was required for my class and it was so much more than I expected it to be.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2007

    Pastor and Seminary Graduate

    Highly recommended. In the words of Paul Harvey it's for those who want to hear 'the rest of the story.' Enlightening. Illumination. A story of deep faith and trust in the power of Love conquering Hate and Good conquering Evil. It is a book of hope and resilience in the midst of a seemingly impossible situation. One of the most touching, sincere autobiographies I have ever read. Inspirational. I first read this book ten years ago and still recommend it to people who are interested in the Middle East. Right now I'm ordering one to replace the one I lent out and another one to share.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Abuna is Brilliant!

    Chacour recounts his personal experience of the creation of the state of Israel. Not only is this a touching story, it brings a perspective not usually discussed when people talk about the troubles in the mideast. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in not only the mideast, but in the human condition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Excellent

    I learned so much! Mostly, I learned not to accept the political spin put on complex topics like this one regarding the relationships between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Nothing to do with religious differences; everything to do with political power.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Great read!

    Great book on cultural differences!

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    Posted October 23, 2008

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