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Raouf Halaby

Even though April 9, 1948, is a day of infamy for Palestinians, few commemorative ceremonies are usually held. Sixty-five years ago, organized Jewish terrorist groups, including the Irgun and Stern gangs, attacked Deir Yassin, a village whose population numbered some 600 people. A total of 112 women, children and elderly men were brutally butchered in […] Read More

Just a few days after Jan. 1, 2007, our Sunday school facilitator commenced the morning discussion by posing the following question: “Where do you encounter God?” The answers were varied: “in the Scripture,” “in prayer,” “in church,” “in the laundry room” (it was one housewife’s only private time for introspection), and “in friends” were some […] Read More

While surfing cable channels in mid-July to catch up on the macabre situation in Syria, I caught the last 90 seconds of a report on a U.S.-funded “weapons fair.” “The Business of Kaboom” featured a handful of foreign reporters touring a remote desert area of Jordan. From what I gleaned, the United States has provided […] Read More

Politicians have convinced U.S. citizens for 60 years that some of the world’s tyrants and dictators are “strong and dependable allies of the U.S.” To wit, the State Department’s official statements about Hosni Mubarak during the first few days of the recent Egyptian uprising. The emergence of two superpowers soon after World War II set […] Read More

In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel. A life-long Southern Baptist and a staunch supporter of the Carter presidency, her grandfather […] Read More

While taking a walk on Dec. 24, 2007, just before we were to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and Love, the unprovoked verbal assault There goes a terrorist was hurled. We belonged to the same Sunday school class; we’d been colleagues for 34 years; our sons were public school and college classmates; […] Read More

Raouf Halaby sometimes asks his students, as he’s breaking the ice about his background, how big they think the Jordan River is. Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on the situation in Gaza from the perspective of Raouf Halaby, a Palestinian Christian who is a professor of English and art history […] Read More

The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard. Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the situation in Gaza from the perspective of Raouf […] Read More