Monthly Archives: August 2012

UNDERSTANDING THE “OTHER’S” FEARS

As the young man crumpled onto the front porch, dead from a gunshot to the heart, the California homeowner with smoking rifle must have wondered.  If only he had understood that the young foreign student from India had knocked on … Continue reading

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THE WALL IS THE MESSAGE

I cannot visit the Bethlehem wall separating people, and not remember the Berlin Wall. I want to shout, paraphrasing President Reagan, “Mr. Netanyahu, tear down this wall.” The Wall, graffiti and signs cry out to the world.  They express the hearts … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S INHERITANCE—FOURTH GENERATION REFUGEE

Imagine the chaos.  It’s 1948 in Palestine and you just learned Israeli militias attacked a nearby village northeast of Jerusalem and massacred everyone in it.  Terrified as a child, your family flees, planning to return to your home in a … Continue reading

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HOPE

Born in here Bethlehem, now 28, Rana’s warm demeanor embodies hope.  She hardly remembers the Israeli soldiers entering her home during the second intifada of 2002, investigating her 16 year-old brother.  Graduated from Bethlehem University, and the two-year Bethlehem Bible … Continue reading

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NO PLACE TO PLAY

Screaming with delight, my little friend at the Internet Café in Bethlehem had just scored a goal on the soccer video game against his cousin.  At age eight, his right arm in a sling and cast, he bounced from one … Continue reading

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THE PRICE OF RESISTANCE

The 23 year old young man, third generation living in Bethlehem’s Ayda, a tightly- packed refugee camp, told us his story.  Eight years ago at age 15, in 2004, he and other children at school had thrown some rocks at … Continue reading

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A PIVOTAL QUESTION

We visited an important Christian scholar here in Bethlehem.  Dr. Bishara Awad, founder and director of the now 32 year old Bethlehem Bible College who has trained hundreds of leaders over the years.  He survived the 1948 Israeli sniper murder … Continue reading

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