What's Waiting at the Holocaust Museum of Nazareth

“When Arabs hear the word ‘Shoah,’” Khalid tells me, “they black out. It’s almost like a paralysis. They don’t want to hear another word about it. But they—we—need to.”

Nazareth in 2019. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images.

Nazareth in 2019. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
Dec. 23 2020
About the author

William F.S. Miles is a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of two National Jewish Book Award finalists, Zion in the Desert and Jews of Nigeria.

As the village where Jesus grew up, Nazareth is a pilgrimage site for Christians around the world. But you need not be a Christian to come admire the Church of the Annunciation there. In fact, it is a Druze lawyer who, on the first day of Hanukkah several years ago, has brought this Jewish professor to that sacerdotal site, where the angel Gabriel is said to have provided an unsuspecting Mary a prophetic heads-up on her impending pregnancy and divine progeny.

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