Violence in Israel and Palestine has become the norm.
Do we even understand this conflict? Do we know where it comes from?
Why can't the two sides reach agreement? Can Jews and Palestinians find a way to coexist?
An American Jew, Mark Braverman thought he understood the reasons for Israel's existence. But when he visited the region and began to understand the forces that are fueling and perpetuating the conflict, he realized just how far we are from achieving peace.
From the bustling communities on either side of the Jerusalem barrier, to the historical lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and South African apartheid, to the foremost voices in theology and conflict resolution today, Braverman answers the questions above and offers a course of action both at home and abroad to realize peace.
is an internationally known author and activist on the role of faith traditions in bringing healing and peace to the Israel/Palestine conflict. A Jewish American with deep family roots in the Holy Land, Braverman was transformed while traveling in Israel in 2006 by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities. He now devotes himself full-time to writing, speaking and action related to a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Braverman is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land
. More of Mark's writings can be found at www.markbraverman.org
"A compelling, persuasive book to which attention must be paid...A summons that is filled with hopeful possibility for new peace-making initiatives beyond old ideologies."Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"I have much in common with my wise, loving Jewish friend, Mark Braverman-including our shared belief that Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. This is a beautifully-written, thought-provoking, important book."Lynne Hybels, Advocate for Global Engagement
"Braverman demands from church and synagogue a new level of accountability to the religious message of liberation found in Abrahamic traditions...In doing so, he affirms a pathway of loving resistance to occupation."Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, author of Trail Guide to The Torah of Nonviolence
"A Wall in Jerusalem is what we call 'political theology' and it is a shining example of how it can be done well."Gary M. Burge, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College & Graduate School
"Compassionate, intelligent, and laying a groundwork for both courage and healing."Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and author
"Mark's voice is unique and desperately needed today. I especially urge my fellow Christians, and most especially sincere Christian Zionists, to read A Wall in Jerusalem with an open mind and heart."Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net)
"This is a passionate, insightful book which will change fundamentally the discourse of Christians and Jews, Christians and Muslims, Christians and all people of goodwill on this matter."Allan Boesak, South African theologian and anti-apartheid activist
"An essential guide to anyone seeking to understand the current crisis between Israel and Palestine...giving us direction as to what we can do that will lead to lasting peace."Steven W. Haas, speaker and activist