Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

by Mark Braverman


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The State of Israel was established as a safe haven for the Jewish people, but its expansionism and oppressive treatment of the Palestinians make the prospects for peace recede further and further. Every day, the people of Palestine lose more ancestral lands to Jewish settlement expansion and the building of roads they are forbidden to use. They are subjected to restrictive policies that severely disrupt family life, education, and commerce. Palestinian families are being expelled from their homes in Jerusalem. Why, then, have the majority of American citizens and policy makers turned a blind eye to Israel's human rights violations and blocked international efforts to pull Israel back from its self-destructive course?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984076079
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Braverman is the executive director of the Holy Land Education and Peace building Project, a grassroots organization that promotes interfaith dialogue, peace-building, and conflict resolution in the Middle East. Braverman currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Susan.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xi

Foreword xiii

Maps xxi

Prologue 1

Introduction 3

Part 1 Breaking the Spell

Chapter 1 The Moment of Truth 15

Chapter 2 My Journey 27

Chapter 3 Anti-Semitism, Jewish Identity, and the State of Israel 49

Chapter 4 A Movement of Hope and Desire 75

Part 2 Beyond Atonement

Chapter 5 Undoing the Damage: Post-Holocaust Christian Theology 105

Chapter 6 Theological Urgency and the Promise of the Land 123

Chapter 7 Walter Brueggemann and the Prophetic Imagination 153

Chapter 8 Progressive Christianity, Israel, and the Challenge of Reform 169

Part 3 Beyond Interfaith

Chapter 9 Except Thou Bless Me: Jewish Progressives Wrestle with Israel 191

Chapter 10 The Myth of Redemptive Violence 231

Chapter 11 A New Covenant 251

Chapter 12 Reenvisioning Israel and the Role of the Church 267

Chapter 13 A Call to Action 287

Epilogue 309

Acknowledgments 313

Appendix A Resources for Information, Connection, and Further Study 319

Appendix B Christian Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism: The Case of the Presbyterian Church 331

Appendix C Sermons 349

Reference List 371

About the Author 381

Index 383

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Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Perhaps it is time for a more complete understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict! Mark Braverman and many of his known and unknown colleagues, peers and readers certainly make this presentation a quest for peace based on a perhaps set of facts and opinions often ignored for the wrong reasons. This is a hot topic and Braverman's controversial ideas will make many nod their heads in agreement and will unfortunately fan the flames of those incendiary tempers already impassioned by hatred on this topic!!! Braverman charts this topic first in an overview of Christian/Jewish issues, next in presenting his own personal arrival at his present perspective, third on the impact of anti-Semitism both past and present, and lastly, the topic of Zionism. Overall the theme of this critical text is "balance," a balanced perspective that is unafraid to call prejudice what it is, an honest appraisal of how much reaction to anti-Semitism is a knee-jerk reaction that calls any criticism of Israel anti-Semitism. The author examines the events of the last seventy years, and even beyond that, and arrives at the conclusion that such efforts have been preordained to failure because the motivations behind them are tainted by hatred, fear and shame. Just what is the solution? The balanced perspective called for in this thematic presentation is one that calls for examination of one's own personal beliefs and shadowed perspective as well as new form of religious, historical and political response. One might only hope that such as new road might progress toward a different future for the Middle East than that which appears to be following the same repetitive cycle of misunderstanding, apathy, militant response, etc. A mark of an educated person (not only in the book or school sense) is an ability to listen, think and contemplate a balanced presentation of any topic. It is to that ability within all human beings that Braverman addresses his call for peace and justice in both Israelis, Palestinians and the remaining observers, as well as those who hold an eminent role in defining and executing policy in this area. Fatal Embrace is an admirable, highly recommended work which will draw forth multiple responses this reviewer will eagerly be monitoring. Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on April 2, 2010
Jotto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A forceful critique by a practicing Jew of Mainline Christianity's uncritical support of Israeli policies regarding the Palestinian People.
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