Occupied with Nonviolence brings home the pain and central convictions that animate Christian nonviolence and activity today. Here, Jean Zaru vividly paints the complex realities faced by all parties in Palestine – Jews and Muslims and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians, women and men. Yet even as Zaru eloquently names the common misunderstandings of the history, present situation, and current policies of the parties there, she vividly articulates an alternative: a religiously motivated nonviolent path to peace and justice in the world’s most troubled region.
Jean Zaru is a Palestinian Christian who lives in Ramallah, outside of Jerusalem. She is a Quaker and serves on the board of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. She has also served as president of the Jerusalem YWCA and as vice president of the World YWCA.