A Palestinian Bishop in the Holy Land

Web-Exclusive Conversation with Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal

» Nazareth (RealAudio, 3:41) Riah Abu El-Assal is the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem and has been a priest of the parish in Nazareth for more than 35 years. He is a Palestinian Arab and an Israeli citizen. He, of course, is Christian by faith, and describes the significance of his parish in Nazareth, especially among pilgrims. » David and Goliath (RealAudio, 7:25) Bishop Riah was born in Nazareth and was 11 in 1948, when Israel was founded, and Nazareth was incorporated. His family moved to Lebanon when the fighting broke out. He says he saw the paradox, while growing up, knowing that the words "Philistine" and "Palestinian" come from the same root, yet he sided with David. » Living Side by Side (RealAudio, 2:48) Arabs and Jews have lived side by side for hundreds, thousands of years. Bishop Riah points out, however, that the conflict is recent, at least historically. » Psalm 91 (RealAudio, 2:55) Bishop Riah recites Psalm 91, which he's mentioned in several writings. He recites it first in Arabic and then translates it to English.

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is associate professor at the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC and executive director of the Salaam Institute for Peace & Justice.

is an associate professor in the faculty of Education at Bethlehem University.