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September 17, 2009
I have read this book and did not do the research, but everything that is contained in the book as read from an Orthodox viewpoint stands to reason - specifically the bottom line of the book says that european christians desired to hasten the "2nd" coming and thus needed Israel to become a nation. This began after ww2
Father Chacour, the author of this book, is the most accurate portrayal of the true teachings and life of Jesus Christ that I have ever witnessed. Having spent extended time with him in the United States and at his school in Israel I know for a fact that love runs through him for all people, not just the Palestinians. Father Chacour has been a lighthouse shining God's love to all, in spite of persecution, hatred and violence. This book introduces you to this great man of God and I hope reading it will increase your desire for justice for ALL of God's people.
As I read Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour, I researched what I read and I've concluded this book is propaganda and filled with lies to make Israel look bad. I compared the information it gave about thebirth of modern Israel to the PLO's homepage. Although the PLO gives different information about the percentage of Israel's population that was Jewish andwhat percentage of the land was given to Israel than information I've found at other places, even this biased source of information says Israel had more Jews living in the land than what Elias Chacour claims. In reality, in 1947 when the UN divided the land between Arabs and Jews they gave land that had a mostly Jewishpopulation to Israel and land with a mostly Arab population to the Arabs. The only exception wasJerusalem which had a mostly Jewish population but with pressure from Arabs wasn't given to Israel. According to Chacour most of the land given to Israelhad a mostly Arab population. In this book he says the Jews told him and family after they left their village that could come on Christmas day 1952 but when theygot back the Israelis made them watch as the army destroyed the village including his church. In his sequel book We Belong to the Land he says the village was destroyed in September in 1953. Although some of the village was destroyed in September 1953 the church still exists and the story in Blood Brothers about Christmas 1952 is complete fiction. In researching the details I met Norma Archbold over the internet who is an author who has interviewed people in the villageand researched the book. There are many other things in this book that make it fiction instead oftrue portrait of life in the Middle East.