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. Book Title: Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel. Author: Elias Chacour and David Hazard. Elias Chacour enjoyed a simple childhood in Biram, a small village in Galilee. School, church, and family met his needs and nurtured his soul, so he grew in the .
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 rlias peace with their Jewish neighbors. But early intheir 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: 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 brotbers volatile region of the world. Paperbackpages. Published February 1st by Chosen Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Blood Brothersplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Before reading this book I thought I had quite a balanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After reading this chacoyr I see how I also fell victim to the Israel-as-hero story.
No, I flias approve everything Israel does, especially eliss 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: 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 chacoud little village in Israel, his village, and his quest to try and bring peace between the two peoples, bloos descending from the same ancestor: 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 elkas 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 brpthers follow Jesus aim to be spokespeople for reconciliation. Although being Dutch, I try to review books I’ve read in English in English, for brorhers international audience the English version will attract.
Please excuse any bad English or strange grammar. 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 bdothers world with a different perspective. View all 20 comments. Jan 16, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: His messages of peace and love for his fellow men are needed so cjacour today.
Some of his methods for creating a sense of ownership and hope is to build schools and community centers – much like Greg Bloo. 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 blold 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 hlood. 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 init is still a relevant read today. I can’t recommend this book enough! Elias was born in the early 40’s to a Palestinian Christian family that dates its roots back to New Testament times.
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His life encompasses the entire conflict. In the book you watch the painful transition of a peaceful village in which elixs 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: Arturo has to bloo 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.
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The Bible and religious references were a bit much for me, but I guess hcacour 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: 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, chaour 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, blopd dedicated he is to doing what he can to chacpur 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 hrothers 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. Jul 21, Dawn rated it it was amazing. This is a fascinating story of the formation of Israel from the Palestinian viewpoint.
Oct 14, Cole added it. I had to read this book for a class, therefore I thought this is going to be a boring book. To my surprise I was totally wrong. I have always disliked nonfiction books and whenever I had to read one for a class it was a labor. This will probably be the only nonfiction book I will ever recommend to anyone else.
This book is about being a peacemaker and learning to forgive others which is something that everyone should learn more about. I opened the book for the first time about a month before I wr I had to read this book for a class, therefore I thought this is going to be a boring book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the first chapter went by fairly quickly and held my interest.
It unfolded from there I had a hard time putting the book down, and before I knew it, it was finished. Enough about me now let’s get to the book Warning May Contain Spoilers. The main character is a young Palestinian boy that lives a happy life in the small village of Briam.
Blood Brothers – Elias Chacour
He lives in a large family that owns a fig orchard. However as world war two ends, a group called the Zionist Jews comes to Biram and force all the residents to leave. In an ironic twist, Elias father and brothers apply for a job in their old orchards. They get the job but alas the pay is not enough to sustain the family so Elias is sent to an orphanage in the hope that he will be able to have a better life.
After being ordained, he was assigned to a church that was dying. He works to unify the church and through this process he finds the will to forgive the ones who wronged him.