Book: Blood Brothers / Elias Chacour

An autobiography by a Palestinian Christian who has been a tireless advocate for peace with Israel. It’s written in a simple but vivid style, and Chacour has some remarkable success stories that are a welcome relief from the usual Middle East news. He makes his own unshakable faith quite clear as the inspiration and grounding for his work. The beatitudes in particular are his resounding theme. It’s less obvious how he reconciles the source of his convictions with those of his Jewish blood brothers, much less the Moslems and Druze (this was a new one to me) of the region. The impression I get from this book is that the adoption of peace as a brotherly value is more important to him than the adoption of truth, an intriguing perspective.

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