Methodist Minister Alex Awad was born in Palestine. In 1948, when Israel declared independence, Rev. Awad became a refugee. As a minister, he’s spent decades researching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the author of two books, Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People and Through the Eyes of the Victims: The Story of The Arab-Israeli Conflict.
He also has assembled a 10-point theory for how churches can help resolve the conflict. One of his points is that people must ”commit to justice and peace for both Israeli and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews, Christians and Muslims.” We’re going to talk with Rev. Awad about 70 years of Israeli independence, and the status of places like Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank.