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Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Author Mark Braverman shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have combined to suppress the conversations needed to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Fatal Embrace charts Braverman's journey as an American Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel. The b ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Synergy Books
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As soon as I pressed the 5th star, I began to feel defensive. Is the book really that good? Do I really agree with all of Braverman's criticisms about the founding of the State of Israel and the multitude of sins that followed, and with where he ends up? And aren't his arguments a bit repetitious and thus the book longer than it needs to be? Do I like some of the religious thinkers/theologians he strongly, although not fatally embraces, such as Spong and Borg? Well, at least not as much as he do ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘The fight is between those who seek peace and those who seek war.’

In this book, Dr Braverman makes a case for how the Jewish yearning for safety and self-determination, and the Christian desire to atone for centuries of anti-Jewish persecution, have combined to prevent the dialogue needed to bring about peace in Palestine. Dr Braverman offers insights from his own Jewish perspective and contends that standing up for justice for the Palestinian people is not anti-Semitic. The book concludes with
This book was an eye opener for me. Views similar to mine coming from a Jewish lover of Israel. As the author points out, it is very hard to be critical of Jewish actions in Israel without being considered anti-Semetic. Over the years as I studied the issues from all angles, I have wondered, am I so biased I can't be objective? It was very comforting to find there are others out there with a vast knowledge of the situation who have similar views.
Doug Magnuson
This is the powerful personal narrative of an American Jew (descended from Palestinian Jews), whose travels to the land, including the occupied West Bank, transformed his understanding of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Must read for anyone interested in understanding the Pal-Isr. conflict from a different (than the mainstream U.S. news and Christian sources) perspective.
a Jewish voice calling for Christians to be honest about Israeli apartheid. Tough to read, but helpful.
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Mark Braverman is the executive director of the Holy Land Education and Peace building Project, a grassroots organization that promotes interfaith dialogue, peace-building, and conflict resolution in the Middle East. Braverman currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Susan.
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