Violence in Israel and Palestine has become the norm.
Do we even understand this conflict? Do we know where it comes from?
Why can't the two sides reach agreement? Can Jews and Palestinians find a way to coexist?
An American Jew, Mark Braverman thought he understood the reasons for Israel's existence. But when he visited the region and began to understand the forces that are fueling and perpetuating the conflict, he realized just how far we are from achieving peace.
From the bustling communities on either side of the Jerusalem barrier, to the historical lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and South African apartheid, to the foremost voices in theology and conflict resolution today, Braverman answers the questions above and offers a course of action both at home and abroad to realize peace.
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About the Author
Mark Braverman is an internationally known author and activist on the role of faith traditions in bringing healing and peace to the Israel/Palestine conflict. A Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land, Braverman was transformed while traveling in Israel in 2006 by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities. He now devotes himself full-time to writing, speaking and action related to a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Braverman is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. More of Mark's writings can be found at www.markbraverman.org.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Challenge to the Church 1
Chapter 2 The Wall in My Heart 23
Chapter 3 The Wall Comes Down 35
Chapter 4 Welcome to Our Synagogue 53
Chapter 5 Jesus and Empire 64
Chapter 6 To the Ends of the Earth: The Meaning of the Land 81
Chapter 7 My Legs Were Praying: The Black Church and the Civil Rights Struggle 104
Chapter 8 How the Church Saved South Africa 125
Chapter 9 Voices from Palestine 150
Chapter 10 Healing and Hope: Voices from the Jewish Community 182
Chapter 11 Kairos Time: A Call to the Church 216
Resources for Information, Connection, and Further Study 266
About the Author 276
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