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Return to Book Page. Preview — Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour. Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour ,. David Hazard Goodreads Author. 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 early in , 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.
He touches on controversial questions such as "What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East? Baker III, and a "Since Then" epilogue by writer David Hazard, this compelling book offers readers hope-filled insight into living at peace in the most volatile region of the world. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Chosen Books first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Brothers , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Blood Brothers. Before reading this book I thought I had quite a balanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After reading this book I see how I also fell victim to the Israel-as-hero story.
No, I didn't approve everything Israel does, especially the last decades, and yes, I did feel that the rights of Arabs needed to be more taken into consideration. But at the same time I had this feeling of the Israeli state as being inherently good. They make mistakes, agreed, but aren't they all just well meaning pe Before reading this book I thought I had quite a balanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They make mistakes, agreed, but aren't they all just well meaning people?
This book changed that perspective, without me going over to the other side: the idea that Israel is inherently evil. I guess it added some realism.
Chacour, being an Arab christian is an interesting spokesperson, recognising both a Biblical role for Jews and the very real suffering of Arabs.
Chacours story is a very personal account of Zionist's occupation of one little village in Israel, his village, and his quest to try and bring peace between the two peoples, both descending from the same ancestor: Abraham. For him this means telling his personal story of occupation and oppression, while at the same time acknowledging and respecting the majority of Jewish citizens that also loathe violence and oppression.
This is one man's story about living and working in that tiny state along the Mediterranean. For me it added realism and a much needed balance in sympathy for both Israel and the Palestinians. It also made me realise the strange and questionable role the West played in founding the state of Israel and looking the other way when oppression got nasty.
Thanks mister Chacour for broadening, and changing, my perspective with your personal story. Thanks for emphasising the importance of a balanced stand against violence from all sides and thanks for reigniting a tiny glimmer of hope for peace when people who follow Jesus aim to be spokespeople for reconciliation.
Please excuse any bad English or strange grammar. Jan 16, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , inspiring , favorite-non-fiction , book-club-book. His messages of peace and love for his fellow men are needed so desperately today. Some of his methods for creating a sense of ownership and hope is to build schools and community centers - much like Greg Mortensen.
I saw a lot of similaries in their approach to long-standing problems. It was frustrating to read what happened to his family and many other Palestinians and realize that their story is rarely told in the news. It is so one-sided in favor of the Jews. He proves that there are always 2 sides to a story and his people have suffered tremendously. Well worth the 2nd read. The main character is a Palestinian Christian and he is doing wonderful things to change his corner of the world.
One of my top 10 inspiring books. Feb 01, grace rated it really liked it. Ok, this actually was a really good book. It was a true story so that obviously makes it way more inspirational. It was heart-wrenching and the values shown among these people living in dispute is the real lesson to take from it. It is not about whether the story is fun and action packed, it's about what the story represents and how the growth of Chacour relates to the growth of his nation s.
Of course, it was not the most entertaining book, it was boring at times, but when I read of the diffic Ok, this actually was a really good book. It's one of those books that kind of plunges you head first into a whole new world with a different perspective. View all 20 comments. Let's stop the polarized conversations. We all need to work for peace. Let's Begin by understanding the Palestinian and Israeli conflict from a Palestinian Christian who lived it, saw his people suffer and has been working for peace many many years.
Published in , it is still a relevant read today. I can't recommend this book enough! View 1 comment. Elias was born in the early 40's to a Palestinian Christian family that dates its roots back to New Testament times.
His life encompasses the entire conflict. In the book you watch the painful transition of a peaceful village in which the town's only rifle was buried out of concern for violence, to occupation, distrust, and ultimately war. Through it all, Elias' commitment to peace through the principles of the Sermon on the Mount, gives hope in the midst of all the hopelessness. Apr 23, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Arturo has to read this for his English class, so I read it too. I learned a lot about the Palestinian experience post-WWII, beginning with the arrival of the Zionists and the takeover of land and village.
The Bible and religious references were a bit much for me, but I guess that's Chacour's story; that's how he experiences life. The point of reading this for the English class is to show how one person can make a difference; it makes that point pretty well. Mar 10, Marisa rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs , nonfiction , arab-lit. The content of the book and the details about Chacour's life are fascinating, but the actual writing of the book is just not that great.
I understand that English isn't Chacour's first language, so I feel guilty criticizing his writing, but it's overly simplistic and reads in a juvenile manner. I also feel guilty for not loving this book when I greatly admire the work this man has done, how dedicated he is to doing what he can to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis. It doesn't feel r The content of the book and the details about Chacour's life are fascinating, but the actual writing of the book is just not that great.
It doesn't feel right to sit and nitpick a book that tells a very personal story with incredibly deep emotions running through it, but I do admit to feeling disappointed by it. If you're interested in an unorthodox perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the book is worth a read, but there's also a lot of stuff to wade through to get to the particularly interesting tales.
This book opened my eyes to the personal realities of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Even more than that, it helped me to see how each person matters and that we in the West have a vital part to play in not dehumanising any people group.
Jul 21, Dawn rated it it was amazing.
Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation between Arabs and Jews , he is the author of two books about the experience of Palestinian people living in present-day Israel. He describes himself as a "Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli. His family took refuge in the neighboring village of Jish after Bir'im was occupied by Yishuv forces. He attended a boarding school in Haifa and then a high school in Nazareth. He studied theology at St.
What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East? What role did Britain play? And America? What does Bible prophecy really have to say? Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled? In a world taut with tension and terror, ths book offers hope-filled insight into living at peace.