The Illusion of Calmness – HLT

Source: The Illusion of Calmness – HLT

Sami Awad, from the Holy Land Trust, on the current surge of violence in Israel/Palestine:

‘Real calmness in the Holy Land can only manifest itself if a real peace emerges between the communities of the land, not the politicians. It is a peace that is founded on the principles of mutual trust and respect and a desire to truly bring a sense of justice, equality and equity to all those who live in the Holy Land. It is a peace that addresses the existential fears of the past on both sides and does not allow that fear to be manipulated by the political establishments.

The structures of oppression, control and fear must be dismantled and if not dismantled by choice of the leaders, then dismantled by the force of the people through nonviolent engagement, working in unity and/or separately. A leadership must emerge that is motivated by a vision of peace and justice, not of maintaining calmness, making false promises, and creating space for prosperity of the few.’

Izzeldin Abuelaish and Sami Awad – Courage, Faith and Hope in the Midst of Adversity

This was one of the most interesting dialogue during the conference. Sami Awad, from the Holy Land Trust, interviewed Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Muslim who used to live and work in Gaza, before Israeli military killed his daughters during the last war there, and now resides in Canada.

Hope for the Holy Land – The West Coast Tour – UPDATE

UPDATE: This post has attracted a lot of hate reactions. A text signed Walid Shoebat  was published on multiple Zionist sites pretending to care about persecuted Christians. They accuse Palestinian Christians involved in the Christ at the Checkpoint and Hope for the Holy Land initiatives  of being socialists (these ignorant people, who are using typical neo-conservative brain-washing methods have no idea that socialism was created in the UK by Christians, in support of oppressed workers). They continue their perverse smearing campaign by accusing people involved in these initiatives as being supporters of Hamas.

You may find out HERE more about the Mosad scam called Walid Shoebat.

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Come and hear Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek, Mae Cannon of World Vision, and Sami Awad of Holy Land Trust (Bethlehem, West Bank) share about how the hope of Jesus is transforming the Holy Land!!



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World Vision Chapel and Pastors Luncheon
Wednesday, May 1st from 11:00am-1:30pm

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800 W Chestnut Ave, Monrovia 91016

(626) 303-8811 Continue reading “Hope for the Holy Land – The West Coast Tour – UPDATE”

Middle East Experience – a new website

A new website is dedicated to explaining to the world the reality of the situation in the Middle East. Among the authors are also two well known Christian activists, the American Mark Bravermann and the Palestinian Sami Awad.

The website may be accessed HERE.

To Illustrate, here is an animation movie on the ‘effectiveness’ of the Gaza siege by the Israeli government.

Sami Awad on Creating A Common Narrative in Palestine-Israel

Sami Awad speaking at Christ at the Checkpoint, 2012
4 JUNE 2012
Sami Awad is Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, the nonprofit he founded in Bethlehem in 1998. He also directs the Travel and Encounter Program; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in the Palestinian Territories; and Al-Kul Television. He works to build a future on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence by “liberating the oppressor from oppression” and “liberating Palestinians from the victim mindset.”
What’s the best thing happening right now in the heart of the Middle East?
It’s nonviolent activism, and it’s happening in many places around the Middle East. In the West Bank where I live there are actions constantly in 10 or 12 places, especially in areas where Palestinian land continues to be confiscated for building the separation wall or expanding settlements. Continue reading “Sami Awad on Creating A Common Narrative in Palestine-Israel”

Sami Awad: Non-Violence

Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian nonprofit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence. In 2006, he ran as an independent candidate in the Palestinian Legislative Council Elections (the Palestinian Parliament). He also established the Travel and Encounter Program, which aims to provide tourists and pilgrims with unique religious and political experiences in Palestine; the Palestine News Network, the first independent press agency in Palestine and a major source of news on life in Palestine today; and Al-Kul Television. He has traveled to several countries to speak about non-violence.’

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders

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.

Sami Awad

Huffington Post

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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