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Hannah on meeting Mitri Raheb

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The Israel/Palestine situation is one that from time to time dominates our news agenda, when tensions escalate, and boil over into air strikes and destruction. Here in the UK, it’s all too easy to forget that for some, oppression, frustration, and humiliation are actually a daily fact of life.

Mitri was born and brought up in Bethlehem. His family have lived there for generations. And he’s known ten wars in his 52 years.

As a pastor and community leader he believes in dialogue, peace building and encouraging people to live and work creatively in the midst of war and oppression…and that it’s possible, and crucial, to find ways to have the abundant life God promised, even under occupation.

He’s a thoughtful, gentle, remarkable man with a unique perspective on faith and politics in the Middle East. Some of what he has to say isn’t easy to hear, but so worth listening to.

And I won’t forget my seven year old’s face when I introduced them, and he realised that the man shaking his hand lived in the place where Jesus was born.

‘Wow!’ he whispered, with uncharacteristic reverence. I could only agree.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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