What do we want?

In PALESTINE on October 22, 2010 at 21:25

My soul burns for a sovereign Palestinian State. No such thing has ever existed before. We have always been a territory, up for grabs by the strongest fist, whether Turks, British, Jordanians or Israelis.

Our need for independence is so strong, so deeply embedded that we are willing to sacrifice anything. Pay any price. Fight to our last drop of blood.

But do we know what we are fighting for?

We have suffered for more than half a century, only to fill Israeli prisons and Palestinian cemeteries.

What if tomorrow’s headlines announced the establishment of the independent State of Palestine, recognized by the entire global community?

What would it look like? Do we even know? Cuba maybe?

New Castro, Same Cuba, a new report from Human Rights Watch, notes that under Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother, Cuba continues to harass and imprison dissidents. The criminal code punishes “dangerousness,” which punishes such crimes as handing out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or any behavior deemed contrary to “socialist morality.” Posted by Lloyd Billingsley on Nov 25th, 2009 and filed under FrontPage.

Like Palestinians, the Cuban people fought for decades to gain independence from Spain. They succeeded in the Treaty of Paris. Since 1902, however, the independent Republic of Cuba has been ripped apart by one revolution after another. In 1959, the people cheered when Fidel Castro seized control. But all he has accomplished is to make Cuba an international pariah and a prison of more than 11 million people. Every year, for the past 20 years, the UN Human Rights Commission has received resolutions condemning Cuba’s egregious human rights record.

I do not think we want to model ourselves on Cuba, ruled like China and Vietnam by doctrines to which everything and everyone must conform.

Nor do I believe that we want a Palestinian version of North Korea or Sudan, ruled by tyrants who govern by force and fear.

What’s left? Absolute monarchy like Saudi Arabia? A theocracy like Iran?

Led by Hamas, Palestine would be an Islamic state, oppressed by religious leaders ruthlessly wielding sharia law. Led by Fatah, Palestine would be a corrupt nation like Romania, structured on bribes.

What about democracy? Democracy has proved throughout the ages to provide a firm and stable foundation. If the building topples, the foundation remains. What and how we build upon that foundation, however, is determined by our choices. While I love the freedoms and opportunities of America, I see that it has made moral, economic and political choices in recent decades that threaten its continuation as a world leader.

Sadly, because of the mistakes and excesses of many Western democracies, we refuse to consider a democratic Palestine. The word itself carries too much negative baggage.

But democracy does not mean America or Israel. It means “government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.” It means you and I decide what we want a national homeland to be and how to build it. It means excising corruption with ballots instead of bullets. It means creating a binding constitution and a just judicial system. It means human rights over personal agendas. It means active, constructive membership in the global community, instead of continuing as an unproductive, non-contributing people group trapped in a hopeless struggle for we don’t know what.

We have become like a hunter in the forest, driven nearly mad by hunger. But he has never seen a deer and does not know what one looks like. So he shoots at rocks and trees, up in the air and into the wind. Finally, he starves to death in a wood filled with game. We have isolated ourselves from all of the opportunities the world offers to us and our children. We don’t know what a Palestinian State would look like. We don’t know how to join the international community. We have let ourselves be defined by what we call our cause.

But if we don’t know our endgame, why are we willing to pay such a heavy price?

What would happen if we stopped fighting?

Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony on 13 September 1993

Is there not one Palestinian with wisdom, love for our people and courage to sit across the table from the Israelis? Is there no hope of redeeming the Oslo offers? Do we still not see the stupidity of demanding all or nothing?

And once we became autonomous, is there no one among us with wisdom, love for our people and humility to ask thriving, successful democracies to show us how to build our own democracy? To show us how to avoid making the mistakes they’ve made?

If we stop fighting and start building, won’t the world be amazed?

Won’t the World Bank and International Monetary Fund provide us with enough resources to build a modern infrastructure and establish global commerce when they see that we have replaced our corrupt leaders with men and women of integrity, compassion and vision? Men and women who respect justice and human rights?

When they see what we can accomplish peacefully and creatively, won’t the global community demand that Israel withdraw its settlers and restore our land?

When we develop our land, won’t we be able to offer our refugees the right of return, as Israel offered it to Jews in the Diaspora?

And when we are a sovereign nation, won’t Israel be forced to empty its prisons of thousands of Palestinian sons, fathers and daughters and send them home?

Today, a Palestinian mother is honored if her husband or son is arrested and tortured or dies a martyr. Don’t our daughters, wives and mothers deserve better? Don’t our children deserve opportunities to become all they can—not terrorists and martyrs and victims of oppression, but men and women recognized by the world for their accomplishments in science, education, art, philosophy and industry?

Aren’t we tired of being a cause in the Middle East instead of an example?

Palestinian creativity has been channeled into digging tunnels, forming terrorist cells and planning attacks. We don’t have creative ideas because we are prisoners of a single destructive thought. What if we broke out of that suicidal mindset, stopped fighting for we don’t know what and unleashed our creativity?

Generation after generation dreams the same dream: drive out the Israelis, kill the Israelis, destroy Israel. We cannot see beyond our borders because we are blinded by our pain and hatred.

I am not saying that we can or should excuse the bloodshed, atrocities, assassinations, imprisonments and torture, theft and loss. I am saying that we need to move beyond it. We need to rise above it like a plane climbing through a deadly thunderstorm into the clear, open sky.

When will we stop dreaming the impossible dream and start dreaming of limitless possibilities? When will we stop targeting settlers, buses, schools and pizza parlors and target constructive goals as a nation, communities and families?

We can lift our hands in victory over a land charred by fire and soaked in Palestinian blood, or we can have jobs and industry, income and prosperity, health and education, freedom to travel anywhere in the world, whenever we want.

We can have leaders imposed on us or elected—and, if necessary, replaced—by us. We can have a Palestinian State that oppresses its people as the Israelis have during the occupation or a country with no limits on what we can achieve, how much we can accomplish or how big of a footprint we leave behind.

When will we begin fighting with our brains instead of our bombs? With reason instead of retaliation?

Even a two-year-old child can destroy. Only men and women of wisdom, vision and courage can build a nation.

  1. Mosab,

    Is it even possible to have a real democracy in a truly Islamic country? Does democracy by its very nature not weaken Islam because of the inseparable interconnection between religion and state?

    Let’s say you have an Islamic state. Does the Qu’ran rule over the state, or the state rule over the Qu’ran?

    Western democracy and Biblical narrative seem to me to have a nice marriage together. Or at least they have had for a few hundred years. Times are a changing of course, and I can see a divorce on the horizon, but this just reiterates the point of my question which is… If you have a democratic state and a “religious state”, to whom should I swear allegiance to when their values are not shared?

  2. Really good post, but I’m not so sure about this:

    “When they see what we can accomplish peacefully and creatively, won’t the global community demand that Israel withdraw its settlers and restore our land?”

    I’ve heard some talk about Israel’s rights to ALL the land which includes the Palestinian territories because they are ancient Judea and Samaria. I think Joel Rosenberg talks about that occasionally, in fact. They don’t believe Israel should surrender one inch of “what God gave them.” BTW, the Biblical Israel included parts of modern day Jordan and Lebanon not counting Gaza, the West Bank and present day Israeli borders.

  3. Brother Mosab,

    I have been touched deeply by your testimony ever since I heard it. Your testimony for Jesus God’s Son, and your testimony against Allah the true terrorist, is gripping. I am one year younger than you, I lived in Jerusalem for 3-4 months in 1998, about just before (or during?) the big changes for you. I think I went to that same little international church you spoke of a couple times at that time as well.

    On this post, I am deeply disappointed brother! Particularly these statements:
    “…won’t the global community demand that Israel withdraw its settlers and restore our land?”

    “When we develop our land, won’t we be able to offer our refugees the right of return, as Israel offered it to Jews in the Diaspora?”

    “I am not saying that we can or should excuse the bloodshed, atrocities, assassinations, imprisonments and torture, theft and loss.”

    — you must be speaking of Israel here; do you forget that all Arab nations were trying to finish off the final solution in 1948, before any ‘settlements’ existed? … do you have any apologies to offer for your peoples’ desire to holocaust the Jews once and for all? An aim that has never been repented from…

    “We can have a Palestinian State that oppresses its people as the Israelis have during the occupation…”

    You state repeatedly it is your land. Since you follow Messiah, please listen to the truth: that tiny land was granted to the sons of Israel, eternally. Do you not see this my brother? This does not mean the peoples cannot coexist (if one side did not so bitterly hate the other), but the owners of that TINY land are the sons of Israel. On what basis do you believe it is, as you repeatedly said, “our land”? On that same basis, the temple mount, where Jesus said: ‘You have made my Father’s house a den of robbers,’ is the rightful property of Allah, self-styled king of conquest of what was not rightfully his. Is it then on the basis of the conquests of Allah from the 600s AD that that little land no longer belongs to the sons of Israel? Is theft ‘okay’ if enough hundreds of years have intervened?

    In Messiah,

    • Mosab’s book has awakened me to view this conflict in a very different way from how I was raised. It has force me to stop blindly believing that what Israel has done is with God’s approval. I grew up hearing of the the Nazi’s crimes against the Jews and the terrorism against Israel but I never heard the other side of the story. As a child I became a Christian, reared to bless Israel. But I have started to take a closer look at my beliefs. God’s relationship with the natural descendants of Abraham was contingent upon their obedience. See Deut. 28 where the Lord warned that He would no longer recognize natural descendants of Israel as His children if they departed from His ways. Look at verse 63 and then at verse 46-47. Here the Lord uses the word forever to say the exact opposite from your assertion. I am not saying that the Lord does not have a plan for the present nation state of Israel but I now realize that we cannot equate the modern state of Israel with the O.T. kingdom of Israel. Paul clearly stated that all who fail to place their faith in Christ have been broken off from the olive tree which represents God’s children (Romans 11). Now Jews, like my good friend Joni, who place their faith in Christ who is clearly the root (Vs. 18) will be grafted into the family of God. It is not being a physical descendant from Abraham that makes you a child of God but an inward birth of the spirit (Romans 2:28-29). Every one has to be grafted in by grace, even Abraham. Abraham was justified by grace before circumcision- the sign of the covenant with the natural descendants. That alone should tell us that the abiding covenant is the one by grace not the one by the letter of the law.
      Now what is God’s plan for the present nation of Israel? Well I know what it is not. It is not for the oppressed to become the oppressors. Because of this book I see things in the light. There good and wickedness in how Israel has acted. Today, I discovered the atrocity of Deir Yassin which took place April 9, 1948 – before Israel was ever attacked. Where is the apology for that crime and using that terror as a threat to cause hundreds of Palestinians to flee their home towns never to be allowed to return. Jesus clearly said in His economy the meek will inherit the earth. That’s the eternal covenant!

      I do see the state of Israel as being a democracy gives hope for better choices but sadly it has committed the same sins that it decries in those who oppressed the Jews. I am not saying that God does not have His hand on Israel but it will sadly be a hand of judgment.

      Thanks Masob forn opening my eyes,


  4. Hello susanne430.
    As an Israeli, I’d like to comment on your views of Israel and Israelis. Giving significance to “some talk” about “not surrendering an inch” and treating these views as the policy of the Israeli government is like saying that Obama sets US policies according to KKK views and opinions.Every country across the world, no matter how open minded and democratic, has extremists, and extremist views. Most of the times, the extreme voice is the voice herd in international media, as it is more “exciting” and “scoop oriented”. As a consequence , people and nations across the world develop a certain image of Israel (or any other place for that matter). This image fails to describe the silent and moderate majority. If you’ve read Mossab’s book, you know that most Israeli folk (as most Palestinian folk, I believe), are willing for compromise on the way to living in peace with their neighbors.
    Seeing a peoples as a whole, as a group with a single opinion is very dangerous practice. I keep my hopes up about peace in the region mostly because i know, that the Palestinians are not homogeneous, because I know that the voice of Hamas and other extremist groups is herd only because it is loader than the moderate voice, I know that out there, their are thousands like Mossab, that believe that there is another way to the Palestinian struggle, I way of hope and growth.

    • “….the voice of Hamas and other extremist groups is herd only because it is loader than the moderate voice…”

      Alas, if only they were just loud voices and nothing else. Unfortunately, these “loud voices” are also the ones *in power*….in Gaza (Hamas), Afghanistan (pre-9/11 Taliban), Somalia (al-Shabaab), Iran (Ahmadinejad & Co), Lebanon (Hezbollah), etc….not the moderate voices. And therein lies the problem. One can’t help but ask why the moderate voice, if it indeed represents the majority, can’t find their way into power. How is the media to blame for giving extremists a voice when it’s the same extremists who *rule* these countries?

      The KKK does not set US policies, because unlike Hamas, pre-9/11 Taliban, Hezbollah, Ahmadinejad, and al-Shabaab, they and their views are not in power.

    • Tomer………I was very heartened by your reply to Suzanne. You write English very well, by the way…..I think Suzanne cited statements of Joel Rosenberg, and many people take him as a good source. To me, he is but one point of view. There are statements by God in the Bible that many use to justify various hardline thoughts. It seems to me that some of what is used to justify things involves statements made by God to Abraham regarding his descendants. And Abraham–via Hagar and later Keturah–had many offspring. I am not sure yet exactly how far people can or should go in saying God gave the land from the Euphrates to the Nile (as some insist) to simply the sons of Israel. But, beyond all that, I do find hope in knowing that there are Israelis like yourself–and “sons of Abraham” like Mossab–who are hoping for good things and working for those good things. May it be possible that God allows that to happen one day.

      Thanks again for your post.

  5. Tomer, thanks for your reply to me! I’m glad to know there are Israelis who are willing to compromise. I’ve actually heard most Israelis are more tolerable of this than are many American Christians such as the one I mentioned. They are sometimes known as Christian Zionists and support Israel nearly 100%. It’s like everything the Palestinians do is wrong and terrorism and Israel only acts as it does because they are acting in self defense. We all know those Arabs and Muslims want to drive Israel into the sea thus why Israel acts and reacts the way it does towards the Palestinians.

    But I am truly happy to read your comment and pray for more people like you to have influence. I agree with Mosab’s post here and am glad that he urged his people to fight with their brains and not bombs.

    Thanks for your reply!

  6. 1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity

  7. Hey… Mosab still exists, eh? Hehehe… sorry just try to be funny … Hope you are fine, Mosab!

  8. I don’t think he means it like this folks… I think it’s more symbolic… I read it all like this: “If we stop being destructive towards ourselves and Israel, Israel will leave us alone”. I don’t think that Mosab actually means that all the Israelis will move away if all Palestinians became friendly (or saved) and started to think how to make the world a better place.

  9. Hi Mosab!

    I’m from Brazil and I had the chance to read your book, in fact I’m still reading it. Your history is amazing! Congratulations!!

  10. Hi! We read your book and can’t wait to hear you in person soon! I would like to remind all Christians that, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” What kind of nation does Jesus want? Obviously, one that worships Him. People who worship him are typically called Christians. So, that means he wants America, as long as it exists, to be Christian. Israel, as long as it exists, to be Christian, Palestinians to be Christian, and so forth. I believe, based on promises in the Bible, that God will be content with nothing less than a world-full of people who confess His name as Lord. If that is His goal, it should be ours as well. So ultimately, any plot of land on the earth belongs to Christians, because Jesus is Lord. There is no such thing as neutral.

    “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” hab 2:14

    “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him. For kingship belongs to the Lord,and he rules over the nations.” ps 22:27-28

    And Psalm 2
    1 Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
    3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

    4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
    5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    6 “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

    7 I will tell of the decree:
    The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
    8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
    9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

    10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
    12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

  11. Musab,
    As always your hit the nail on the head. But you have the ability to see through the Islamic wall, that those trapped inside can’t do. Because of you great faith in Jesus, he has shown you the love that the Palestinian needs to take hold of over their hate of those not of the Islamist’s prison of thought. I believe if you were to channel your energies into statesmenship in America you could do even greater things to hold back the Islamist flood that is occuring to Europe, America, etc. This is where the front for the fight of who’s ‘loving’ God is truely the God of peace and love. Satan has truely already been released here on Earth. The battle has begun. The Beslan terrorist autrosity is one of the most evil ever perpetrated by Islamic idiology. I pray to God even more like yourself can focus your insights into the worlds blogs fields of influence, at even greater rates of readership. Only through the world’s knowledge of the evil rooted within Islam, do we have a hope of subduing these Satanic evils.

  12. “Bp. Nikolai Velimirovich was a Serbian bishop in the last century who spoke out courageously against Nazism until he was arrested and taken to Dachau.

    Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

    Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have.

    Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

    Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

    Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

    They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

    They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.

    They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.

    They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.

    They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

    Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and do not curse them.

    Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.

    Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

    Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.

    Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.

    Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.

    Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

    Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment.

    Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

    Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

    so that my fleeing to You may have no return;

    so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

    so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

    so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

    so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

    ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

    Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

    One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

    It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.

    Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

    A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands.

    For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life.

    Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.”

  13. Very well-written column, and there are lots of well-written and passionate postings in response. You can support Israel without supporting everything Israel has done, or without supporting all that has been done in the name of Zionism. We do not live in that part of the world. The people of that region do, and it is a tough situation. But God is working and perhaps He will bring things out in a good way. As for those who note that God gave all of that region to Israel–let’s not forget that others live there as well and they too are in God’s image………a solution that is good for all is the one that should be pursued.

  14. Dear Mosab,
    I am a life long Roman Catholic and a physician. God Bless you and I pray that God (Jesus) always protect you. I believe HE will. You are living proof of the Living God, here on earth. You have already affected so many lives, including my own, giving me so much hope that God will prevail over evil, my friend. I am honored and blessed to have read your book. I will pray for you and your family, always.
    Take care, my friend,
    George S

  15. Hello Mosab! My name is Ana Paula.
    I read your book when it was released here in Brazil and its history was very touching for me.
    Since my conversion, I have followed every day news from the Middle East. In these years of study and admiration for Israel, I learned how to love the Arab people and see them differently. I wish your people have the freedom and democracy that my country has, but I don’t wish the level of corruption that exists here. (laugh).
    I have a big dream to visit not only Israel but also the palestinian territories, because I know that I have so much to learn with the culture of these controversial, but much loved people.
    Count on my prayers.

  16. Luke 22:32

    “I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail.”

  17. Luke 22:32 “I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail.”

  18. No Brasil eu tenho orado muito pela vida do irmão Mosab, tenho dito sobre ele para todos meus amigos cristãos

  19. Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

  20. Mosab…….occupation of the land?? Israel has a right to that land. You sound so different than before. And as far as a democracy….Sharia law and democracy do not mix well… oil and water!

  21. You are right on. Keep telling it !

  22. as-salamu alaykum!
    hello there! i wanna ask about a thing that i’m arguing with a brother in islam
    in my translation of this book (son of islam), it’s written something like this: “in top are the fundamentalists, people you see on news killing women and children(…)” Cap. 2
    is this true? are there any news about this kind of stuff on usa televisions? coz where i live in, there are no such news. and who are these “muslims” who kill women and children?
    thank you!

  23. Happy Thanksgiving my Brother. I hope you get to see this.

  24. This gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes, brilliant and beautiful. Our generation wants peace and for all of our nations to work together and prosper. Until we are all thriving there will be no peace.

  25. Psalm 52

    Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

    God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

    The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

    But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it; and I will wait on thy name, for it is good before thy saint.

    Revelation 21:3-5

    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

    Dear brother, do not forget that in the end, the LORD Himself always conquers, always reigns, is always in control. What seems like chaos and disorder, confusion and despair, He knows all things and is in charge of all things. Evil is temporary. The goodness of the LORD endures – past, present, future, and eternally. Fire (hardships, turmoil, wars, corruption, depression, etc) is His tool of refinement. His plan is always better – He was at the beginning of all things and is at the end of all things. We are stuck in the here and now, while He is completing and has completed His perfect will over all His creation. We ache for good things – for our families, friends, neighbors, countries. We want to see them fulfilled now. We may never see our desires fulfilled, but we must look for the LORD’s desires in all matters. His wisdom is always foolishness to the world; our solutions and visions must conform with His almighty will.

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not against thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

    Grace, peace, and mercy from our Saviour and God, Jesus Christ, be to you.

  26. Mosab, I admit that I am an extreme Zionist. I do agree however that Palestinians should have a home. I agree with you that the conflict dates back to Sarah & Hagar. The Israelis feel that Eretz Israel was promised to them by the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob while Muslims believe that the land belongs to Islam & Allah. Because of these seemingly irreconcileable views, there does not appear to be a viable solution, especially groups such as Hamas refuse to negotiate. I think that the Camp David offer from Ehud Barak was likely the most generous Israel was capable of, and yet it was also rejected.

    What are your thoughts on establishing the nation of Palestine in the Western most portion of Saudi Arabia to include the port city of Jeddah? Not only would Palestinians have a home to call their own, they would also have the custodial honor of Mecca & Medina.

  27. Excellent post. You have made me think from a new perspective. I’ll read the previous blog posts with interest, and look forward to future posts.

  28. My heart goes out for Palestine. My own children take to the streets, well how else can they express their concern ? But I want you to read Psalm 2- which you clearly know already because of the wisdom of what you are saying; But in verse 8 it says- ASK. And brother my Palestinian Brother, I want you to read that verse and ask God for what he wants to give you!
    A couple of years ago my son phoned urgently and computers and things disappeared very rapidly as our Police raided some so called ‘Terrorists’. And of course one of these just happened to be an intelligent well like Palestinian, and in due course the Courts will have to decide if the opinion of the Security/Police is correct.
    But my nation located just so co-incidentally as far away from Jerusalem as you can get “the ends of the earth?” has a Covenant-Agreement-three way; Locals, migrants and God which allows us to work out how to live together without killing each other.
    Son, (I call you my son because your father and I were born the same year and are equally devotional to God; You can thus be my son… Son, I have deliberately gone and spent seven years as a Muslim studying Quran so that I can reach out to you now. And as my son I am saying; Ask as God wants you to ask him, and then come home; Not to the trouble disputed land of your birth, but to this ends of the earth location where Jews and Palestinians are found together in my own home as the protest community meets and they grow up and work out how the future should be charted. Salem Alykum and I say that in terms of it’s first usage by the Prophet Isa as found in Luke 10 paul.

  29. Hi Mosab,

    I am also Christian Palestinian-American, my heart is pained by what I see as well but I see Palestinians as prisoners of the Occupation, you wrote,

    “We don’t have creative ideas because we are prisoners of a single destructive thought.”

    I disagree it is the Occupation that destroys, not all Palestinians are suicide bombers, certainly not myself or my Christian family, nor do we seek the destruction of Israel and the people in Israel.

    You gloss over completely the ruined and damaged lives in Palestine.

    Palestinians need to learn to reconcile, reconciliation means forgiving, but forgiving does not mean forgetting, nor does forgiving mean pretending al-Nakba never happened, or that that Israel didn’t kill 1,400 people in Gaza under 2 years ago! If we want to live in peace, if we want our families and our children to live in peace, we need to forgive. Again forgiving does not mean forgetting nor does it mean forsaking justice. Forgiving un-occupies your heart and mind from hate and victimization identity, that’s not the kind of people i know Palestinians to be. Palestinians are generous, kind, warm, passionate people. Let us forgive and seek justice boldly because the Truth is on our side, International Law is on our side. By forgiving we lose nothing, by forgiving we gain our lives back and rid the occupation of the mind, which hopefully will lead to full equal rights for Palestinians.


  30. Dear Mosab. I finished your book in one day and it brought tears to my eyes more than once. Your courage has inspired me to read the Bible more and get to know it better in 2011.
    I have been searching for a long time to understand the struggle in Palestine/Israel and you have shone the light of understanding for me.
    I agree with everything you say in this post – I am amazed at your wisdom and wish that there were more Palestinian politicians who could call for such means towards prosperity.
    God bless you. You and your dear family are in my prayers.
    However I am still trying to understand what you say about there being no moderate side to Islam because I know many moderate Muslims – they are my friends and when I see Islam through their eyes – it seems a beautiful religion that calls for good deeds.
    It may be strange that a Christian seems to be defending a religion that she does not know much about – however I feel that if we as Christians tell Muslims that their religion is false, they might shut their ears and we might lose them as friends and deepen their hatred for us.
    Perhaps instead of focusing on our differences, we could instead preach Jesus, as they already acknowledge that Jesus was a good prophet – and perhaps they could, like you, one day come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
    May you be protected against the darts of Satan, Mosad, as the Bible promises us, ‘no weapon formed against you shall prosper’.
    Praise the Lord for you!

  31. I agree with Nick. How have you not converted to Christianity? Palestine already has it’s own country, not sure what form of government is in tact. Is there something I’m missing? If you could briefly get me up to speed that would be great. Thank you.

  32. Mosab, I just finished reading your book and have ventured into your website to learn more of events that have taken place in your life. I am touched by your journey and am wonderfully excited to hear that the our Lord Jesus has touched your life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This article speaks of your love for your people, hurt and fighting for what they long for: land and their God. Is so amazing to hear how our passion for both can drive us to do unthinkable things..This is addressed to all of us. In your words you longed for freedom. This truly only comes from Jesus through his love and sacrifice for us. In the Bible we find that there will never be real peace until Jesus returns. Please press on sharing what you know with the world. It appears the USA may be in denial of the Islam/Brotherhood/Hamas ideology. Bring light to dark world, exposing the evil one..the deceiver of all people. Can we as a country fight againest this ideology? Will we stand for and with Christ to the end? Thank you for your bravery and courage. Your sister in Christ.

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