May 17, 2015 · 4:00pm

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The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

Lately there has been much coverage in the United States media regarding the relationship between the United States and Israel.  Prime Minister Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress, the controversial Israeli elections and the continued lobbying and influence of Israel on the United States’ position in the talks with Iran has captured the news in the United States.  Lost in the discussion is the continued Occupation of Palestine by the state of Israel.  The United States has maintained strong support for a peaceful resolution to this situation which has lasted for over six decades. The Occupation of Palestine by Israel has lost support globally and continues to be an international grievance.

Come and hear a local expert, scholar and renowned Christian leader in Palestine speak to this and many other areas of interest.   The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem since 1988, will visit Lancaster to share his perspectives of life in Palestine under the Israeli Occupation.  Of special interest is his vision of creating Diyar, a consortium of Lutheran-based institutions.  These institutions serve the whole Palestinian community through culture (International Center of Bethlehem), health (Dar al Kalima Health and Wellness Center) and education (Dar al Kalima University College).

Dr. Raheb was the recipient of the prestigious international award “Deutscher Medienpreis” in Germany for his tireless work in creating room for hope for his Palestinian people who live under occupation.  He is also recognized for his strong advocacy and stance on Palestinian culture and dialogue for civil society and religion.  His latest book Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes has landed on best selling lists for books on the region. Dr. Raheb holds a PhD in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany, is married and has two daughters.

He is in Lancaster for this event sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  He will deliver the commencement address at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia on the following Tuesday.  The event is free admission with donations accepted.

For more information, please contact Sandi Hoover at

Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a US 501 (c)(3) , is an organization that promotes and spreads the word about the outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to build hope and a brighter future for the people of Palestine through the Diyar Consortium described above. These ministries equip local community leaders to assume a proactive role in shaping a brighter future.   To learn more, visit online at