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Will Gaza Ever Have Peace?
Rev. Alex Awad
December 4, 2012
On the evening of November 16, 2012 after a busy day at Bethlehem Bible College and a day of popular demonstrations following the Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari in Gaza two days earlier, I walked from the College toward the nearby Inter Continental Hotel for a previously arranged meeting. Immediately, I could smell the sickening aroma of the tear gas that was used by the Israelis to confront stone throwing Palestinian youth. The battle got more engaged as I walked closer to the Hotel. Then I heard that the meeting was canceled due to the volatile situation. Avoiding the Bethlehem checkpoint I drove home via the tunnel road near Beit Jala. While driving home the question on my mind was, will Gaza ever have peace?

Will Gaza Ever Have Peace?

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Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Support the Palestinian Bid for Observer Status at the UN
Rev. Alex Awad — December 4, 2012
1. There are as many Palestinians as Jews living in the territories between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea . While the Jews have their independent State, the Palestinian population has no... more

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Alex E Awad — December 2, 2011

“O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem”. This and other ¬Christmas carols invite the faithful to Bethlehem. Most of us can easily travel to Bethlehem with our thoughts and imaginations while a few of... more

Why Christians Need to Support Palestinian Drive Towards Statehood
Alex Awad — September 19, 2011
In the coming days, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. The... more

Peace on Earth
Alex Awad — December 22, 2010
Embedded in the Christmas story is God's desire for peace on our planet. Luke announced that “peace on earth” was the theme that the angels heralded over the skies of Bethlehem on the night that the Savior... more

Regarding Gaza
Alex Awad — December 31, 2008
One hundred tons of bombs are Israel’s way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast) and Happy New Year. These “gifts” that were showered from US-made F-16 fighter... more

Alex & Brenda Awad — December 15, 2008
In November, Bethlehem celebrated the arrival of its 1 millionth pilgrim of the year. A celebration took place in Manger Square adjacent to the Church of the Nativity, originally built in 329 by Constantine... more

Let Us Party
Alex Awad — March 25, 2008
Let Us Party!

Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival,... more

Let the Carols Continue in Bethlehem
Alex Awad — January 2, 2007
" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' " Matthew 2:6

Bethlehem... more

Liberty from the Shekel
Alex Awad — May 27, 2006
Liberty from the Shekel

Israel has fenced us in our cities and towns. Her armed forces have built an eight-meter high wall, stretching for hundreds of kilometers, which separates them from... more

Light in the Middle of the Tunnel
Alex & Brenda Awad — December 23, 2005
When the prophet Isaiah proclaimed the advent of Emanuel coming in human flesh, he portrayed it as a "great light" from God coming to people who were groping in "the land of the shadow of death" or what... more

Gaza pullout--A Palestinian Perspective
Alex Awad — August 21, 2005
As a Palestinian who became a refugee at a very young age, I have no doubt that the settlers who were evicted from the Gaza Strip have been deeply traumatized. As I flipped from one news broadcast to... more

Resilient in Bethlehem
Alex Awad — December 21, 2004
Resilient in Bethlehem
Rev. Alex Awad

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take... more

News from Christmas 2004
Alex & Brenda Awad — December 20, 2004
2 COR 9:15

A Time to Celebrate Christmas

God keeps his promises! A baby is born and we continue to celebrate. We are recipients... more

Security Wall or Barrier to Peace?
Alex Awad — July 17, 2004
Security Fence or Barrier to Peace?

Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

Because you have rejected this message,relied on oppression and depended on deceit,this sin... more

A Christian Delegation Visits President Arafat
Alex Awad — May 20, 2004
A Christian Delegation Visits President Arafat

We made our way through several Israeli checkpoints and crowded streets and alleys of Ramallah, the de facto commercial and political capital... more