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The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has also brought new responsibility: Kamil’s advice has been sought by the Palestinian Authority and he often travels to Gaza and areas of the West Bank under Palestinian control. He has helped the Palestinian Authority set up a rehabilitation program for ex-prisoners that teaches them the trade of tile-making.

Kamil knows there is always work to be done.

“I dream of having several houses like this around Galilee,” he says with passion.

“I dream of building up trust in the church and its leadership, so the local church can work to solve local problems. I want to see the Christian Israeli Arab community strengthened in Galilee, to keep Christians from leaving and to keep the whole world from forgetting them.”

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Felix Corley is a London-based journalist.

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