When I went to Israel in January of this year, I blogged about a lot and read a lot of books on it. Apart from one book I read called The Lemon Tree, focusing on the Palestinian aspect of Israel’s history, the rest of them focused on Israel and the land. I didn’t particularly like The Lemon Tree as a book, so I didn’t dwell all that much on what was in it. Recently, I was recommended to read a book called Blood Brothers that is essentially the same type of perspective as The Lemon Tree, but it is a ten times better book. It is an absolutely gripping story of Elias Chacour and offers a Palestinian perspective. More than just a retelling of facts, it provides a profoundly helpful conclusion as to what we are to make of things today. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone as it will open your eyes to the Israeli/Palestinian tensions but also to tensions of humanity in general.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book (notice the theme of dignity):
It is extraordinary how a voice from our childhood, even one word spoken at a crucial moment, can bury itself inside only to reveal its simple wisdom in a crisis our adult minds cannot begin to fathom.
peace can never be achieved by violence; violence begets more violence. For the first time, I saw clearly the face of my true enemy and the enemy of all who are friends of God and of peace. It was not the Zionists, but the demon of militarism.