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I need information about Elias Chacour's march in Israel in 1972. It would be wonderful...
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Tensions inherent in Israel's rebirth as a nation brought long-felt pangs of sorrow well into the decades following the 1948 declaration of the existence of the State of Israel. The Arab-Israeli war of 1967 displaced Elias Chacour and his fellow Christian-Arab neighbors from the Galilean villages of Karf Bir'im and Ikrit that they had inhabited at least since childhood, and by 1972 they were still seeking a voice to bring attention to their current state of transiency. They were forbidden to inhabit the cities they had previously called home, and after a 6 month attempt to forcibly repair churches and reinhabit their home cities failed, Chacour and friends demonstrated with a Walk for Peace in Jerusalem on August 13, 1972. This did not move their cause to the top of the political agenda as Israel's principle interest was in strengthening their foothold in their homeland, with no room to back pedal quite yet. The sensitive nature of Arab-Jewish relations continues to escalate today.
Posted by shalomguitzkow on August 31, 2010 at 1:46 PM (Answer #1)
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