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Raise Hell for Justice in Palestine

As I listened to Father Chacour described the oppression the Palestinian people experience under the Israeli occupation, I was convicted by his challenge. Am I willing to raise hell for justice in Palestine?

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The Living Stones of Palestine

According to Daoud Nassar, most tourists go to the holy land to see dead stones. They don't see how the people of Palestine live under the Israeli occupation. Our team went to see the living stones of Palestine. 

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Worshiping Allah in Bethlehem

Christians in Bethlehem are among the oldest followers of Jesus in the world. I have been tremendously blessed to worship with my Palestinian brothers and sisters in the birthplace of our Savior.

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  • Thank you for pointing out another view of this very complex issue, Bassam.  This is helpful for those who want a fuller picture of the issues.  I think it is important that we make the effort to...

  • Thank you for taking the time to do some digging into Father Chacour, Harry.  He really is quite the man.  To have experienced what he went through as a child and the oppression he continues to...

  • I’m with you, Michael.  I would not advocate for violence - wearing facemasks or breaking windows – or suicide bombs or home demolitions.  And I don’t believe Father Chacour would either.

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  • You're right, Harry.  Normally, I wouldn't use a foreign word for God in an English language blog.  But the purpose of the blog was to point out that the word Allah in Arabic is used by Christians...

  • Doug, thank you for your thought provoking response.  I appreciate your observation that many people in the CRC understand that the word Allah has a different meaning than the word God.  I want to...