Will Evangelical Chrisitians Embrace Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians?

17Jun

100_3050a.jpgPhotographer Grace Cheung-Schulman recently returned from the Holy Land on a trip sponsored by American Friends of Combatants For Peace. In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its inception, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending the Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples. The photos Grace took graphically tell a story that is virtually unknown to evangelical Christians, but is becoming more familiar and embraced by mainline Christians. Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths was present at the mainline church where Grace's extraordinary slide show was given and discusses the significance of this in this 21 minute podcast. Grace, more than likely, would not be invited to an evangelical church because her slide show exposes the reality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The giant key in the picture is at the entrance to the Aida, Palestinian refugee camp next to Bethlehem as described in the podcast. Referenced in the podcast: "Open, Bethlehem"