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Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World

Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World

The rapidly deteriorating situation in Israel/Palestine has dashed hopes of any imminent peace or even accommodation between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people. A leader in Palestinian Christianity, and an outspoken advocate of nonviolence and of Palestinian rights, Bishop Munib Younan directly addresses this situation and its imperatives. Born of Palestinian refugee parents and raised in Jerusalem, Younan has spent his life pastoring Palestinian Christians and searching for nonviolent solutions in this complex and volatile religious and political scene.

In this volume, Younan presents first the historical and social context of the Palestinian situation, beginning with the not-well-known story of Arab Christianity and his own background. He elaborates his own theology of nonviolence, centered in the idea of martyria-heeding a call to justice, inclusion, and forgiveness. He illustrates the notion with dramatic and often tragic episodes and shows how it can address key issues in the current struggle with Israel over statehood, land, and refugees. Younan's model of Christian nonviolence also has demonstrable benefits in addressing terrorism, interreligious strife, and global peacemaking.

Younan's is a voice all Christians of conscience should hear.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800635985
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 184
  • Publication Date June 3, 2003


"This Witness for Peace from Jerusalem is a voice that needs to be heard by all who are concerned about peace in the city and the land that are holy for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It is an honest, moving, and deeply spiritual witness for nonviolence and dialogue as the only realistic way to reach a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. It comes from someone who was born and raised in Jerusalem's Old City, who has learned and is practicing the art of living together with neighbors of different faith traditions, and who now, as the Lutheran bishop in Jerusalem, seeks to be a living witness to the power of forgiveness rooted in God's infinite grace."
– Konrad Raiser, General Secretary, World Council of Churches

"Bishop Younan's experience and advocacy of nonviolence is a wonderful example to us all. I welcome his book and hope that it will enable us to witness for peace. Immersed in the turmoil of the Middle East, Bishop Younan is a prophetic voice as he calls us to join him in a commitment to nonviolence as the way to peace."
– Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Bishop Munib Younan brings a Palestinian Christian leader's fresh voice for peace based on justice in the Holy Land. Every Jew, Muslim, and Christian should read this book. Clear, compelling, and informative, it lays out a framework for coexisting in harmony."
– Rateb Y. Rabie, President, Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation