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It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

'We Reject Christian Zionism...'
Originally Posted: 03/16/2011 - 2:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Church leaders in the Middle East A plea from Christians in the Middle East. We categorically reject Christian ...

Listening and Learning in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Christians from Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt. In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Ch ...

Obama's Victory and Middle East Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.</p> ...

The Sad Truth about the Surge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In a recent conversation I had about the coming election, a friend reiterated the campaign rhetoric that the "surge" in Iraq has worked, and that Barack Obama ought to admit that John McCain was ri ...

Turning Weapons into Things of Beauty in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On March 19, Israeli forces rounded up Assad Salach and his sons, Fahmi and Salach, and Assad's brother Sa'id and his son Ghassan -- along with more than 300 men age 16 and above -- along its north ...

Four Iraqi Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I had the unique opportunity of meeting with four Iraqi evangelicals at a conference in a country near Iraq. They were young church leaders. Recently, I had the unique o ...

A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Recently, I participated in a conference call based on a report from The Task Force For A Responsible Withdrawal From Iraq. Recently, I participated in a conference call based on ...

The Gaza Cease-Fire and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I arrived in the West Bank the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, and hit the ground running. The next morning we starting filming for <a href="http://thispalestinianlife.blogspot.com">a f ...

U.S. Foreign Policy Versus the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<p align="left">Samuel Huntington, the Harvard political scientist and the author of <em>The Clash of Civilizations</em>, contends that unless things change, we are facing an era ma ...

Diplomacy = Hitler Appeaser?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

President Bush's remarks, made last week in Israel, suggesting that anyone who wishes to talk with a violent enemy is the contemporary equivalent of a Hitler appeaser, are so wide of the mark, patr ...

Yom Ha'atzmaut and al-Nakba
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I recently joined many prominent Christian leaders in signing <a href="http://justpeace60.blogspot.com/">a joint declaration on Israel's 60th anniversary</a>. ...

The Velveteen Rabbi's Birthday Card to Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Dear Israel,</p> <p>Wow, you're turning 60. Incredible. Happy birthday to you!</p> Dear Israel, Wow, you're turning 60. Incredible. Happy birthday ...

Carter and Hamas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

When approaching a conflict, any world statesperson would consider trying to break up the logjam. When approaching a conflict, any world statesperson would consider trying to brea ...

Loving our Neighbors
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Christian-Muslim dialogue raises hope - and suspicion. Should Christians dialogue with Muslims? Some ...

Caricatures and Cliches
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Slavin How many of your friends and neighbors know, as Barbara Slavin writes in Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies, that during the 19 ...

Beyond Eye for an Eye
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>In the <I>Washington Post</I> and throughout the blogosphere, debates rage about the recent spate of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, each side condemning with righteous indigna ...

Hypocrisy in U.S. Policy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=The%20Cost%20of%20War&amp;blog_id=37"></a></p> We are told ...

Amens and Amendments to Rich Nathan's Israel Sermon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I commend <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/01/how-should-christians-relate-t.html">Pastor Nathan</a> for the courage and commitment to truth required to publi ...

How Should Christians Relate to the State of Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>In November our friend Pastor Rich Nathan sent us this compelling sermon and we've been looking for a good time to post it ever since. The occasion of Bush's trip to the Middle East seems to ...

Bush Gets a Brush-Up on the Beatitudes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Archbishop Elias Chacour, an Eastern-rite Palestinian Catholic bishop in the region of Galilee, is escorting President Bush on a tour of the Mount of the Beatitudes in Israel on Friday, Jan. ...

Christians United for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>President Bush <A href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Bush-Mideast.html">is in Israel today</A>, meeting with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Presid ...

Wise Men Denied Security Permit to See Baby Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>So I don't know whether to laugh or cry about the latest progressive addition to the classic nativity scene: the separation wall.</P> <P>Either way, I love it.</P> < ...

The Evangelical Factor in Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Nov. 27 Annapolis meeting on Israel/Palestine has launched us into a momentous one-year process to seek a permanent peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors. What is at stake is whether af ...

A Prayer for Annapolis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Leaders from some 50 countries and organizations, including 12 Arab nations, are meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, today to begin negotiations for a peace agreement in the Middle East. ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

The Elusive Reasons for Rami's Death
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Gaza is a place isolated and unknown. Although the small coastal strip is all too often in the media spotlight, this can be a source just as much for generalization as information.</P> ...

American Christians Should Listen to Christian Arabs /by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Here are some key quotes from a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/august/21.42.html"><em>Christianity Today</em> interview </a>with "Beirut-based journali ...

Daoud Kuttab: Good News for Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard about the <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/08/deanna-murshed-evangelicals-an.html">letter of the evangelical leaders</a> through an e-mail from ...

Deanna Murshed: Evangelicals and Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

I've gotta admit, it hasn't been easy being a Christian Arab-American, much less in the evangelical church. I've gotta admit, it hasn't been easy being a Chris ...

Road Map to Peace - or Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Charles A. Kimball Three evangelicals on the challenges of Israel-Palestine. Former President Jimmy Carter� ...

A Kindling of Hope
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phil Haslanger Bridging gaps in the Middle East. Every so often in the tense and troubled lands of Israel and ...

After Arafat
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Charles A. Kimball An opening for peace? A week after U.S. elections, President George W. Bush and ...

Beaten, Not Bowed
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mark Betz Christian Peacemaker Teams members Kim Lamberty and Chris ...

Eye On Zion
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem hosted more than 500 ...

Dividing the Conquered
Originally Posted: 05/20/2011 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Israel's wall of separation. While peace negotiations between Palestinians and the ...

Open Season on Activists?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Kate Bowman Standing for peace in a war zone is never easy, but it� ...

Road Map or Dead End?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank 'What we need is not another feel-good plan, but a serious effort to seek peace.' Chil ...

A Deafening Silence
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Kate Bowman In Israel, is it now okay to kill Americans? The death of International Solidarity Movement volu ...

Anti-Semitism and Justice
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lee Anne Aspra WHILE ARTHUR WASKOW makes a few valid points about the anti-war movement and anti-Semitism therein, I am not comfortable b ...

It Takes Two
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Harriet Warnock-Graham I was moved by Josh Healey's concern for the human rights of Palestinians ("Not in My Name"). It ...

Worth Noting
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler When this book was published, the Committee to Protect Journalists had just named the West Bank as "the worst place to b ...

Cold Comfort
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler First he took off his hat and coat; then his sweater ...

A Platform for a Movement
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Batstone We can't sacrifice our deepest convictions for the sake of a false unity. Both politics a ...