Understanding the Holy Land
Dean Hosam Naoum, St. George's School
St. George’s School, owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, has 900 students. Seventy of them are Christian, the rest are Muslim. Dean Hosam Naoum explains why Muslim families send their children to a Christian school.
Episcopal Technology and Vocational Training Center
The Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center in Ramallah provides hundreds of young men and women with much-needed support and a critical path to a better future. Students learn trades, with a particular focus on hotel and restaurant management, at this school run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Dean Hosam Naoum, St. George's School and Episcopal Technology and Vocational Training Center videos are produced by the Anglican Journal and Anglican Video for the Anglican Journal's special report, Journey to Jerusalem Sunday. http://www.anglicanjournal.com/departments/special-report/jerusalem
Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
If you’re just beginning to learn about this conflict The Lemon Tree is a good place to start. In a moving narrative, Tolan records the history of the conflict and helps us understand its very personal dimensions.
Elias Chacour’s Blood Brothers or We Belong to the Land
Father Chacour is a Melkite priest, now Archbishop, whose ministry in the Palestinian village of Ibillin is legendary. Chacour establishes the Christ-inspired foundations for resisting oppression, loving an enemy and achieving reconciliation. Blood Brothers is where many begin their reading.
Jean Zaru’s Occupied with Nonviolence
This is a newly published book by a Palestinian Christian (Quaker) living in Ramallah whose very personal story and profound theological grounding explores a practical path to peace in her troubled land.
Ian J. Bickerton and Carla L. Klausner’s, A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Fifth edition)
This book provides a good overview of the Arab-Israel conflict and is recommended by a number of professors teaching this material.
Rashid Khalidi’s, Palestinian Identity
This is an overview of the Palestinian case, especially of how their national identity is tied to the land.
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace
Paperback plus DVD intended for both individual and group discussion. Order from the Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship www.epfnational.org/PIN $10.
The Lemon Tree
This is not the same story as the Sandy Tolan book. The film follows a Palestinian woman trying to save her orchard from destruction. Recently released in the United States.
This organization, one among many Jewish America groups, reports on the conflict and advocates for an end to the occupation and the creation of a just peace.
J Street (JStreet.org) is a Washington political action committee with a moderate stance committed to positive initiatives toward the creation of a just peace in Israel/Palestine. It is distinctly different from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Churches for Middle East Peace
Churches for Middle East Peace (www.cmep.org) is a coalition of 21 church-related organizations including Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations. They maintain close relations with Congress, the administration, and the diplomatic community. They advocate for a two-state solution and develop policy statements and publications. Their website includes a sign-up for a quarterly newsletter.
Foundation for Middle East Peace
Foundation for Middle East Peace (www.fmep.org) promotes peace through a two-state solution. They publish a monthly settlement report and maps, plus a comprehensive list of peace and human rights organizations focused on the Middle East. They provide speakers and video and a free newsletter.
B’tselem (www.btselem.org) is the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories. They chronicle human rights abuses perpetrated by anyone. As a result, they have an unusual range of statistics about the situation on the ground. In addition they publish reports and provide links which include a wide range of Israeli organizations.