Resources for Peacemakers - Because We Belong To Each Other: Israelis and Palestinians Seeking Peace
Next Steps/Resource List Our goal as followers of Jesus is to affirm the dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine, both Jews and Arabs, and to work toward a peaceful resolution of the current conflict that will assure security and equal rights for all—Christians, Muslims and Jews. Our desire is to create a conversation that is truly Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and ultimately Pro-Jesus. We are convinced that what the Middle East needs most is to see Jesus incarnated in his followers as we engage compassionately and wisely with the people of Israel and Palestine.
Here’s how you can become part of this movement of peacemakers.
1. Learn More We Americans tend to be quite ignorant about what’s going on in the world. The combination of our power and our ignorance is really dangerous. We must educate ourselves if we want to part of the solution rather than perpetuate the problem.
Featured Resources: These books by Israeli, Palestinian and American writers offer a solid introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the context surrounding it.
- Blood Brothers, Elias Chacour
- The Skeptic's Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Dale Hanson Bourke
- The Lemon Tree, Sandy Tolan
- A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz
- Once Upon a Country, Sari Musseibeh
- The Israelis: Founders and Sons, Amos Elon
- The Much Too Promised Land, Aaron David Miller
- I Shall Not Hate, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Books: Historical and Political
- Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied territories, 1967-2007, Edith Zertal and Akiva Eldar
- In the Land of Israel, Amos Oz
- O Jerusalem, Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
- A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, Howard Sachar
- A New Voice for Israel; Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, Jeremy Ben-Ami
- The Yellow Wind, David Grossman
- The Arab Israeli Conflict, Kirsten Schulze
- Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths, Karen Armstrong
Books: Palestinian Christian
- Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People, Alex Awad
- I Am A Palestinian Christian, Mitri Raheb
Books: Israeli Messianic Jews & Palestinian Christians
- The Land Cries Out: Theology of the Land in the Israeli-Palestinian Context, Ed. Salim J. Munayer and Lisa Loden
- Through My Enemy's Eyes, Salim Munayer and Lisa Loden
Books: American Christian
- Apocalypse Later: Why the Gospel of Peace Must Trump the Politics of Prophecy in the Middle East, Abdu H. Murray
- Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians, Gary Burge
Articles These articles offer a small sampling of resources produced by Americans, Israelis and Palestinians who are committed to justice, reconciliation and peace. Authors are theologians, lawyers, politicians, pastors, human rights activists.
- We Refuse to be Enemies, Rich Stearns
- Following Jesus in the West Bank, Lynne Hybels
- Be a Common Friend to Jews and Arabs, Lynne Hybels
- The Place of Israel, John Stott
- Where Politics Are Complex, Simple Joys at the Beach, Ethan Bronner
- Culture as the Art to Breathe, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
- For Israel's Sake, Moderate American Jews Must Find Their Voice, Jeremy Ben-Ami
- How Faith is Realpolitik in the Holy Land, Gregory Khalil
- Epilogue: The Holy Land Today, N.T. Wright
- The Missing Mahatma: Searching for a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King in the West Bank, Gershom Gorenberg
- Americans for Peace Now (APN) was established in 1981 to mobilize support for the Israeli pace movement, Shalom Achshav (Peace Now)
- B'Tselem The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, promotes a future in which Israelis and Palestinians will live with equal dignity.
- The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace works with leaders and policymakers in the US and the Middle East to help reach a just and comprehensive peace that will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Is Peace Possible? answers the four most asked questions regarding the possibility of peace between israelis and Palestinians.
- The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) works with youth, women, and religious leaders to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence and peace-building projects.
- J Street is the political home of the American Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Movement.
- Just Vision is an organization that promotes and highlights the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian non-violent peace builders.
- Combatants for Peace is a movement of Israeli and Palestinian former fights joining forces for peace.
- The Bereaved Parents Circle is a grassroots movement of Israeli and Palestinian parents who have lost children to the conflict.
- 972 is an online magazine featuring independent reporting and commentary from Israel and Palestine.
English Versions of Israel/Palestine Media (representing a broad range of perspectives)
- www.haaretz.com Israeli News
- www.ynetnews.com Israeli News
- www.jpost.com Israeli News
- www.maannews.net (click Eng in upper left corner) Israeli News
- www.972mag.com Independent Commentary and News from Israel and Palestine
- english.pnn.ps Palestinain News
- Little Town of Bethlehem The true stories of three men commitment to nonviolence and reconciliation: an Israeli Jew, a Palestinian Christian, and a Palestinian Muslim
- Encounter Point This Just Vision film follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict.
- Budrus This award-winning feature documentary is the story of a Palestinian community organizer and his 15-year-old daughter who unleash an inspiring nonviolent movement in the Occupied Territories.
- My Neighborhood documents the story of a young Palestinian boy and the Israeli activists who join his family's fight against being evicted from their home in East Jerusalem.
- Within the Eye of the Storm Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and an Israeli, are brought together by the shared pain of losing their daughters to the violence of the conflict. The film shows their growing friendship and mutual commitment to reconciliation.
- One Day After Peace Born in South Africa during during the apartheid era, Robi Damelin moved to Israel in 1967. After her son is killed by a Palestinian sniper, Damelin returns to South Africa and finds hope for Israel and Palestine in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that brought healing to South Africa.
- Sami Awad on the Holocaust Pt. 1
- Sami Awad on the Holocaust Pt. 2
- Bethlehem, Caught in the Crossfire Produced by Kensington Church in Detroit. This 23-minute video highlights the struggles and hopes of the Palestinian Christian community.
- We Refuse to be Enemies, Daoud Nasser is a Palestinian Christian living out the love of Jesus in the midst of conflict.
- Story Swap Video About a unique partnership between Jewish and Arab high school students.
- Building Peace on Desk Tops Students of all religions gather daily in the classrooms of Mar Elias Educational Institutions, promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Middle East.
- Salim Munayer's Story: Kensington Church in Troy, Michigan, tells the story of an Arab Israeli Christian and the organization he started to foster friendship and understanding between Arabs and Jews.
2. Speak Up
- When you hear false comments, counter them with truth
- But do it carefully
- Honor two narratives, don’t demonize either side
- Learn more so you can do this!
3. Encounter—See For Yourself—Alternative Holy Land Tours
4. Go and Serve
5. Support the Christian Community in Israel and Palestine
6. Support Local Economy
- Olive oil and food products – www.canaanfairtrade.com
- Gift items – www.anastas-bethlehem.com
- Gift items – www.palcraftaid.org
- Gift items – www.bethbc.org/giftshop
7. Support Reconciliation Between Palestinian and Israeli Christians
8. Pray for peace and justice
- Grassroots peacemakers in Israel and Palestine
- Political leaders in America, Israel and Palestine
- Non-violence movement in Palestine
- For yourself, for the wisdom and grace to become a peacemaker