Day 4: Emmaus

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 
Luke 24.27

In the Gospel of Luke, the writer records an interaction between Jesus and two of his disciples following his resurrection (Luke 24.13-35.)  He taught them as they walked to a village called Emmaus.  They did not realize who he was until after he ate with them there.  

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him...

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Today, on the site of the village of Emmaus, there is a big park built by the Israelis with help from the Canadian government.

It is a beautiful space with pine trees and trails, where families come to hike and picnic just 16 miles from Jerusalem.   But unknown to many of the people who enjoy the park, there is a terrible history lying underneath their feet.

The park  built over the site of the Arab village of Imwas.  In 1967 the Israeli army came to the village of nearly 2,000 and forcibly removed them from their homes.  When they tried to come back, the soldiers barred them from returning to the village.  The army then bulldozed the houses.

 

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When he park was built, the stones of the torn down houses were used to build the park.

 

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him...