Friday, 20 August 2010

Just-peace plea from Palestinian archbishop

Filed under: children and youth,Middle East,Peaceworkers in the news,Religion and peacebuilding — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:45 PDT

left: Elias Chacour speaking in Amman in 2009

Archbishop Elias Chacour, who is both a Palestinian and a citizen of Israel, has told a large gathering in Edinburgh that a just and peaceful future in Israel and Palestine depends upon education.

The average age in the area he lives, said the Archbishop, is 14 years, and many young people have been deeply shaped and scarred by the history of occupation and eviction. Transformation of lives and understanding is vital, he suggested.

Chacour is the Archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Noted for his efforts to promote reconciliation, he is the author of two books about the experience of Palestinian people living in present-day Israel – including the best-seller Blood Brothers, which broke boundaries in the UK by being published by a major evangelical company.

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