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Elias Chacour: The Archbishop who describes himself as a Palestinian, Arab, Christian, Israeli


Archbishop of Galilee 

"Then when I was a young boy something happened to my Palestine-it became the state of Israel, so I became an Israeli citizen. I wish I was a citizen like the Jews are citizens, but I am not.â? 

He grew up in the town of Biram. He describes himself as a Palestinian, Arab, Christian, Israeli. In his book titled 'The Story of Elias Chacour,' he says that when it comes down to it, he's considered a second class citizen


Archbishop of Galilee

"Schooling, education have a different system for the Arabs, different system for the Jews who are treated as a minority, not as a community.â? 

But despite the tension, the Archbishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, has made it a point to promote peace between Arabs and Israelites. He says the key to having hope is to forgive, that's especially true for younger generations. 


Archbishop of Galilee 

"God does not kill. Never did God kill. FLASH 00 13 38 Unless they change the equation from saying we are condemned to live together, to a new equation of we are privileged to work together, we will develop a friendship.â? 

In addition to his latest book, Chacour is the author of two best selling books: 'We Belong to the Land' and 'Blood Brothers' which was published in 20 languages.