Taking Peace Seriously – A Must for the Holy Land
Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, and Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.* A flurry of major diplomatic activities and declarations relating to Palestine and Israel is surrounding the transition in the United States from the Obama Administration to the
Easter is fast approaching. Can you carry the cross with us?
Dear Brothers and sisters, Easter is fast approaching. Can you carry the cross with us? When Jesus gave his life for our sins, he did not leave us, nor did God forsake him, and in return, he
Building Bridges, Not Walls: My Visit to Palestine
Building Bridges, Not Walls: My Visit to PalestineA Reflection by Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, HCEF President and CEO “A future awaits those who seek peace”Psalms 37:37Dear Friends,Every year, I take an extended trip to Palestine to
Remember to Give Thanks and Share Your Blessings
This is one of my favorite times of the year, and not only because of all the wonderful food. I appreciate Thanksgiving because it reminds us all to slow down and take time to remember our blessings with those we love.
Why are the Sufferings of the Palestinian Christians Being Made Invisible?
A reflection By Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, HCEF president and CEO Why are the Sufferings of the Palestinian Christians Being Made Invisible? "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
The First Time a Christian Zionist Statement Has Ever Made Me Smile
In a prior reflection, I commented about the trend among some Western Christians to deny us our Palestinian identity, virtually banning the "P" word during dialogues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I added that in some instances Western Christians have hijacked our identity and proclaimed themselves as our spokespersons...
Palestinian Christians: an Identity Theft in Western Society
Reflections from HCEF President/CEO:Humans are complex and deeply profound beings. The various relationships and traits that we encompass collectively contribute to the essence of who we are. Our faith, family roles, occupations and nationality all
When Will the Israeli Authorities Stop Profiling Palestinians for No Reason? My Story of the Border Crossing
Greetings from Palestine! I wish I could say my journey to get here was a pleasant one. Sadly, due to my Palestinian Arab background, it was deliberately made a very difficult experience, one which is shared by thousands of others, and repeated every day. Maybe you read our recent press release about our 3rd Delegation of the Know Thy Heritage (KTH)Leadership Program, one of HCEF's many programs in the Holy Land.
Pope John Paul II: Witness and Legacy
Sir Rateb Rabie, KHS HCEF My wife and I departed for Rome on March 28, 2005 in order to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Little did I know that this visit would coincide with the