Rev. Dr. Alex Awad Visits Olympia First UMC

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Recently retired United Methodist missionary to Palestine, the Rev. Dr. Alex Awad, spoke at the church on Tuesday evening, April 25 to a gathering of about 30 church and community members. Earlier in the day, Dr. Awad spoke at a class at Evergreen College. Rev. Awad spent 25 years working at Bethlehem Bible College and promoting ministries of peace and justice through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. His insights into the situation in Palestine and Israel were enlightening as he dispelled some commonly held myths regarding the relations between Arabs and Jews, reviewed the history of Israel and the occupation of Palestine, lamented the continuing encroachment of settlements in the West Bank and the construction of the wall between Israel and Palestine. Awad gave us reasons to hope for a just and peaceful solution. (Photos courtesy of Ritchie Lopez.)