The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Winning the enemy'

Palestinian Lutheran pastor tells the way to peace

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a struggle over land. What happened to our Lutheran compound April 4 is a miniature of what is happening to the whole of Palestine.

That Thursday, Israeli tanks were already in Bethlehem, surrounding Christmas Lutheran Church. Israeli soldiers went from house to house, searching for Palestinian gunmen. My wife, Najwa; my daughters, Tala and Dana; my mother, Wadia; and I were at the parsonage. Our main door already was damaged. Like the first disciples, we were locked behind closed doors fearing for our lives.

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