Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinian Evangelical Pastor Discusses Family History

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinian Evangelical Pastor Discusses Family History

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REV. ALEX Awad spoke about his book, Palestinian Memories: The Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People (available through the AET Book Club), at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC on Sept. 12. Awad's book is both a fascinating history of his family from the early 1900s to the present day and an informative, accessible guide to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian evangelical Christian perspective. Awad, currently pastor at an inter-denominational church in East Jerusalem, also is dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College, Palestine's only evangelical Christian institute of higher learning.

As Awad made clear in his talk, the central character of his family history is his mother, Huda Awad, who died in 2006. She was an example of strength, perseverance and love that inspired her children and many others as well.

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Jerusalem was under attack. One of its innocent victims was Huda's husband and father of their seven children, Elias Awad. The family was forced to leave their West Jerusalem home in the Musrara neighborhood and flee to the Old City in East Jerusalem. …

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