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The conflict between Israel and Palestine is at the center of a firestorm of political controversy, religious zeal, and bloodshed in the Middle East. Many American Christians feel that they have a biblical obligation to "stand with Israel"--but do we really understand the conflict? And is Zionism really the path to peace? An American Jew, Mark Braverman was transformed by The conflict between Israel and Palestine is at the center of a firestorm of political controversy, religious zeal, and bloodshed in the Middle East. Many American Christians feel that they have a biblical obligation to "stand with Israel"--but do we really understand the conflict? And is Zionism really the path to peace? An American Jew, Mark Braverman was transformed by witnessing firsthand the occupation of Palestine and the devastating consequences of the struggle of Israelis and Palestinians to bring justice to their land. In THE WALL IN JERUSALEM, Braverman: Clearly outlines the origins and major tenets of the conflict and of Zionism Demonstrates how Christian Zionism conflicts with Christian values of justice and compassion Gives Christians biblical and historical basis for supporting both the state of Israel and Palestine Offers a clear course of action both at home and abroad to bring peace Illuminating and provocative, this book will challenge what Christians think they know about Israel and Palestine, and inspire them to help bring God's peace to the Holy Land.


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The conflict between Israel and Palestine is at the center of a firestorm of political controversy, religious zeal, and bloodshed in the Middle East. Many American Christians feel that they have a biblical obligation to "stand with Israel"--but do we really understand the conflict? And is Zionism really the path to peace? An American Jew, Mark Braverman was transformed by The conflict between Israel and Palestine is at the center of a firestorm of political controversy, religious zeal, and bloodshed in the Middle East. Many American Christians feel that they have a biblical obligation to "stand with Israel"--but do we really understand the conflict? And is Zionism really the path to peace? An American Jew, Mark Braverman was transformed by witnessing firsthand the occupation of Palestine and the devastating consequences of the struggle of Israelis and Palestinians to bring justice to their land. In THE WALL IN JERUSALEM, Braverman: Clearly outlines the origins and major tenets of the conflict and of Zionism Demonstrates how Christian Zionism conflicts with Christian values of justice and compassion Gives Christians biblical and historical basis for supporting both the state of Israel and Palestine Offers a clear course of action both at home and abroad to bring peace Illuminating and provocative, this book will challenge what Christians think they know about Israel and Palestine, and inspire them to help bring God's peace to the Holy Land.

56 review for The Wall in Jerusalem: A Jewish Call to Christians to Follow Jesus in Bringing Peace to Israel and Palestine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Published only last year, this book compassionately and clearly tells the story of Palestine from the perspective of a Jewish activist who finds himself being truest to his Jewish identity as he strives to work toward an end to the apartheid inflicted by the state of Israel, whose conquest strips Palestinians of their dignity and rights while keeping Israelis from finding healing and meaning through empathy and connection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A brilliant book written by an American Jew who recognises that the form of apartheid being perpetrated via the wall and other means in Israel is not only oppressing the people of Palestine but also preventing the Israelis from attaining their own healing and meaning and identity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book is often stunning in its insight and simplicity, and I truly appreciated Braverman's introduction to good people of all faiths, all working toward freedom and democracy. Yet-- Inspirational though it is, this was not an easy read for me. At this moment, evil seems so ascendant in our fallen world! Hate, fear, greed and racism are so prevalent everywhere we look. How, under these circumstances, can the Palestinian people continue to endure? How can we actually achieve a lasting peace? Bra This book is often stunning in its insight and simplicity, and I truly appreciated Braverman's introduction to good people of all faiths, all working toward freedom and democracy. Yet-- Inspirational though it is, this was not an easy read for me. At this moment, evil seems so ascendant in our fallen world! Hate, fear, greed and racism are so prevalent everywhere we look. How, under these circumstances, can the Palestinian people continue to endure? How can we actually achieve a lasting peace? Braverman comes to the same conclusion as Wes Howard-Brook did in Come Out, My People. There are, indeed, two religions in the Bible, but they are not Judaism and Christianity. They are the religion of freedom, and the religion of empire. At one point, Braverman quotes Marc Ellis, who says, Constantinian Christianity has now been joined by Constantinian Judaism. Constantinian Islam is also a reality. Yet there are Christians, Jews, and Muslims who also oppose and suffer under Constantinism. (page 190, paperback) Braverman's thesis, built up through autobiographical passages and scores of interviews, is that these people of faith--those who follow the religion of freedom, not the religion of Empire--may create a beloved community, in the Holy Land and throughout the world. The community will be united in love for the land and love and respect for each other. May this come to pass! May we all keep working toward it. But it seems so, so far away right now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lyle Appleyard

    I received a copy of this book from a Goodread Giveaway Contest. I found the book interesting. It presented the view of Isereal from a Jew's point of view. Hes is not happy with the direction of Isreal. He is not happy with the wall that is seperting the Jews and Palestines. He makes comparsions betwen what is happening in the Middle East and what had happened in South Africa and the segragation in the American South. He examines the role religion has played in causing and solving the problems. Th I received a copy of this book from a Goodread Giveaway Contest. I found the book interesting. It presented the view of Isereal from a Jew's point of view. Hes is not happy with the direction of Isreal. He is not happy with the wall that is seperting the Jews and Palestines. He makes comparsions betwen what is happening in the Middle East and what had happened in South Africa and the segragation in the American South. He examines the role religion has played in causing and solving the problems. The opening chapters were a little confusing as the the author was giving his observations. I was not sure where he was going until we got into the latter chapters. I would recommend the book. The problem in the Middle East is a complicated one. It is good to facts from all sides.

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