This is from Sami Awad’s blog. A statement that some of you may find controversial.
That is good. We all have the chance to learn a few new things, if we keep our minds open and do not let the current Islamophobia that dominates the Western (including Western Evangelical) mindset to poison us.
Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only way to move forward to resolve the conflict and create a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the first and immediate questions I get from foreign visitors to my office in Bethlehem is, “What you said is good, but what about the Muslims? Do they also believe in nonviolence? Do they understand it?” Even if I don’t mention religion in my presentation — and I rarely do — this question always seems to make its way in our discussions.
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