Book and Speaking Tour with the Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek

A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine–Israel Conflict.

In this book we hear the scream and the whisper of the poor, the sounds of death in the Occupied Territories, but also the whisper of life, resisting and offering hope for all of us.

-Nancy Cordoso, Palestine and Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches

Coming to Hamilton, April 30, 2018
7 pm - 9 pm
New Vision United Church, 24 Main Street, West

Tickets can be purchased online. You can also purchase tickets in Westdale at Bryan Prince Bookseller, 1060 King Street West, (Cash Only Please) or downtown at The Nook Cafe, 6, 2 Bold St (Cash Only Please). Finally you can also reserve tickets by emailing

About Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek

Photo: Naim AteekNaim Ateek is the co-founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.   He was the Co-founder/Director of Sabeel until he announced his resignation at the Sabeel International Conference in 2013.  He is currently the Chair of the Sabeel Board in Palestine. 

Naim was born in 1937 in the Palestinian village of Bisan, south of the Sea of Galilee.  He and his family, along with the entire village were forced out of Bisan when the Zionist troops occupied Bisan in 1948.  The family went to live in Nazareth.  In 1967 he was ordained in the Episcopal Church..

In 1991 Ateek co-founded Sabeel, the Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. 
Previous to that, he served as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and as parish priest in Haifa and Nazareth. He is author and editor of numerous books, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. His latest book was published in late 2017, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. 

Ateek lectures widely in Palestine and Israel as well as internationally. A well respected and highly regarded leader in the Christian Palestinian community in Israel/Palestine.  Rev. Ateek has worked closely with both the Christian and Muslim communities in the Holy Land. He has been called “the Desmond Tutu of Palestine”.

His vision:

Rev Ateek’s life and work is rooted in nonviolence, grounded in current realities, and can open a clear path to justice, reconciliation, and forgiveness for all peoples. He highlights the unique role that Palestinian Christians can and should play in resolving one of the most painful situations of injustice and violence in our world today.

Rev Ateek's vision is three-fold:

  1. Unity of all Palestinian Christians
  2. Dialogue and solidarity between Christian and Muslim Palestinians
  3. Peace with justice between Israelis and Palestinians

Naim and his wife, Maha, have one daughter and two sons.  Their children are married and have children of their own.

Rabbi David Mivasair: “Justice you shall pursue”

On May 29th Jewish Liberation Theology Institute (JeLiThIn) in partnership with Canadian for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) invited Rabbi David Mivasair to report back on his trip to Palestine.

Before the talk, Rabbi Mivasair discussed the Israeli land grab on the Taylor Report -- Description (18 minutes): Palestinian villagers have been driven from their homes under dubious pretexts by Israel’s military and government. Now a combination of Jewish and Palestinian activists have begun to wage a non-violent campaign to win back the villages.