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    http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/KhouryWitness.shtml Book: Witness in the Holy Land Maria C. Khoury New Book from the Holy Land Published Press Release
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2003

      Book: Witness in the Holy Land

      Maria C. Khoury

      New Book from the Holy Land Published
      Press Release from CDK Publications
      Maria C. Khoury, P.O. Box 867, Ramallah, Palestine via Israel
      tel/fax 972 2 289 8022

      About "Witness in the Holy Land"

      (Jerusalem) A new book has been published in Jerusalem entitled Witness
      in the Holy Land
      by Dr. Maria C. Khoury author of the popular Christina Goes to Church
      <http://www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org/html/christina_books.html>. Dr. Khoury
      has made efforts in the last decade to produce children's Orthodox
      literature that preserves and documents precious traditions, values and
      the rich symbolism of the Orthodox faith. This new book is the first
      book geared for adult readers, especially young adults that might have
      an interest in knowing more about the dwindling Christian community in
      the Holy Land and what life is like under military occupation since
      September 2000 when the Second Palestinian Uprising was sparked. The
      author reveals the truth of the current tragic bloodshed and violence in
      the Middle East.

      Witness in the Holy Land is a collection of over seventy articles
      written from a human interest perspective describing daily life in the
      Holy Land. These stories were published in the Olive Branch, the
      internet newsletter from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and were
      printed in various newspapers around the world. They focus on the
      Christian presence in the Holy Land and the Palestinian struggle for
      independence and freedom. Many articles have been translated to Greek,
      French and other languages to bring awareness of the Christian presence
      in the Holy Land. Her articles have appeared world wide including the
      international Catholic Herald and the Challenge Weekly in Australia as
      well as Greek-American newspapers and numerous websites.

      Light and Life will be the major distributor of this new publication
      retailing $14.99. Holy Cross Bookstore, St. Vladimir's, and Conciliar
      Press Bookstore will also carry Witness in the Holy Land. The publisher
      recommends the book especially for senior students in church school,
      Christian reading groups and supplemental reading for Bible study groups
      because the articles are enriched with the message of witness for Christ
      and keeping the faith under harsh and unbearable circumstances.

      The Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas, Professor Emeritus, Holy Cross Greek
      Orthodox School of Theology comments: "I read your articles and my heart
      breaks. The Evangelicals in this country, who influence our public
      policy, misreading the Scriptures, think that present day Israel is the
      precursor of the Second Coming. There is almost no thought about the
      Palestinian Christians. The Palestinian Muslims are always the "bad
      guys" and the Israelis are always the "good guys" in their thought. It
      is an outrage..."

      Orthodox housing project in Taybeh, Palestine

      The new book was especially printed to bring awareness to the Housing
      Project in the village of Taybeh
      <http://www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org/html/faqs.html>, the only Christian
      village remaining today in Palestine. For the last few years Maria
      Khoury has been a volunteer for the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of
      Taybeh <http://www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org/index.html> and has made
      efforts to raise money to build homes for parish members that do not own
      their own home. The Orthodox Housing Project would help improve the
      living conditions of thirty families and help sustain the Orthodox
      Christian community in Taybeh for years to come.

      The author is seeking to sell her rights to any organization,
      foundation, church or individual that would directly support the Taybeh
      O.C. Housing Project to help build at least one home for a needy family.
      The project is aimed at helping Christians now less than 2% of the total
      three million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza stay in the land of
      their forefathers. Most Christians in the Holy Land are Orthodox
      Christians and their roots date back to the early church under the Greek
      Orthodox Patriarch. The terrible wars, poor economy, lack of educational
      opportunities and the Israeli occupation have forced many Christians out
      of the sacred land of Christ's Holy resurrection.

      About Maria C. Khoury

      Maria (Kouremenou) Khoury holds a Doctor of Education degree, Boston
      University (l993); Master of Liberal Arts, Harvard University (l985) and
      a Bachelor of Arts, Hellenic College (l982). She has also volunteered
      her time to the Christian schools in the Holy Land where she helped
      English teachers learn new methods in education and modern teaching
      strategies for the classroom.

      As a Greek-American, Maria moved to the Holy Land following the Oslo
      Peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians when her husband
      David C. Khoury, also a Hellenic College graduate invested in his home
      village of Taybeh to help boost the Palestinian economy by producing the
      first and only micro-brewed beer in the Middle East. Taybeh Beer was
      founded and established by the Khoury family and is the first
      Palestinian product to receive franchise and be produced in Germany
      under the Taybeh beer license. The last three years the Holy Land has
      been devastated by the Israeli military occupation and the constant
      bloodshed and violence so the brewery operates less than 15% of its
      capacity. The Khourys have three children Elena (18), Canaan (16) and
      Constantine (14).

      Order: Witness in the Holy Land
      from Light and Life Publishing. (More publisher links posted as soon as
      they list the book.)

      Visit the St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Taybeh
      <http://www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org/index.html> website.

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