Idris (on the right) became a good friend during my time serving in Hebron in 2011. He lives in the heart of one of the most conflicted areas of Hebron and while he is persistently harassed by Israeli settlers, he remains a man of peace and frequently advocates for peace. He consistently nurtured good relationships with the Israeli soldiers and I often found him lobbying for understanding among the conflicted parties in the community. He had me in his house often for tea, spoke of his own scares that he received from the conflict, but how he wanted to live at peace with his Israeli neighbors and know freedom for the Palestinian people. Before I left the area, he wanted a photo with me and called me his “blood brother!” I was extremely humbled and said I would tell his story as much as I could in churches back home. I look forward to interview Idris for our documentary on Peacemakers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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