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Letters from "Apartheid Street": A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine

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Synopsis:
In 1984, Ron Sider challenged that until Christians are ready to risk everything in pursuit of peace, "we dare never whisper another word about pacifism . . . Unless we are ready to die developing new nonviolent attempts to reduce conflict, we should confess that we never really meant that the cross was an alternative to the sword." From this challenge, Christian Peacemaker Teams was born. Nearly thirty years later, Michael McRay too explored Sider's challenge, interning with CPT in the West Bank city of Hebron. Alongside local and international peacemakers, McRay learned how to resist the violence of occupation, sharing in the stories of a suffering people as he struggled to embody the peaceable spirit of the rabbi from Nazareth. This book tells those stories.

Drawing on his personal experience with the land and its history, McRay's raw letters home tackle critical issues relevant to peacemakers everywhere: What is really happening in Palestine that mainstream media fails to report? How are Palestinians' lives being affected? How can one be peaceable amidst such violence and oppression? How should Christian discipleship influence one's pursuits of peacemaking and reconciliation? McRay's letters illustrate both the challenge and promise of the cross in today's world.

Endorsements:
"Our field needs passionate, on-the-ground, firsthand descriptions of the challenges of constructively engaging settings of deep and painful conflict. McRay's book provides just such a window."
--John Paul Lederach, author of The Moral Imagination

"Surprisingly invitational. This is a book worth reading and rereading. As a guide for activism, I hope these reflections will have a profound rippling effect."
--Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize nominee

"A valuable resource for all who are called to be peacemakers--which should mean all of us."
--Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

"What is hopeful about these letters is the humanity the author shows through his interaction with Jews and Palestinians. In a down-to-earth yet profound way, this book shows Jews a way out of the injustice of occupying another people. What more important lesson do we Jews have to learn before it is too late?"
--Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

"Here is a book as unflinchingly faithful to the Christian gospel as a book can possibly be."
--Richard T. Hughes, author of Myths America Lives By

Author Biography:
Michael T. McRay received his BA in History from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning regional and national awards for his senior thesis comparing European colonialism and the Israeli occupation. In addition to his internship with Christian Peacemaker Teams, Michael has worked and traveled extensively in the West Bank in various capacities. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in conflict transformation and reconciliation with the Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620326251
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: (w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael T. McRay received his BA in History from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning regional and national awards for his senior thesis comparing European colonialism and the Israeli occupation. In addition to his internship with Christian Peacemaker Teams, Michael has worked and traveled extensively in the West Bank in various capacities. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in conflict transformation and reconciliation with the Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xv

Foreword Lee C. Camp xvii

Preface xxi

1 The Beginning 1

2 Welcoming the Enemy 4

3 Life On Team 7

4 "Apartheid Street" 12

5 Amir's Arrest 15

6 The Struggles of the Past Week 20

7 Assault 23

8 Rehumanization and the Danger of the Single Story 25

9 The Golani and the Struggle to be Peaceable 30

10 The Powers of Destruction 34

11 Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness 37

12 The Difficult Road Ahead 39

13 The Search for Human Interaction 42

14 Home Invasions 46

15 I Hate Occupation 48

16 Open Shuhada Street 53

17 The Action 56

18 The Weekend 60

19 The Next Stage 63

20 The Conference, Hebron, and Israel's "Security Fence" 65

21 Qalqiliya 70

22 The Mount of Beatitudes and the Nonviolent Teachings of Jesus 74

23 They Teach Life 83

24 The Standoff 87

25 Moving On 90

26 The Exit and the Protest 92

27 Beirut 99

28 Homeward Bound 101

Epilogue: A Myriad of Musings 103

Bibliography 125

Contributors 127

Acknowledgments 129

Glossary 131

Appendix A Further Reading 133

Appendix B Al Basma Center for the Developmentally Disabled: Where Part of Your Money Is Going Jonathan McRay 135

Maps 137

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