I have a dream

by Yusef Daher last modified 08 August 2019 04:33 PM
I have a dream

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

07 August 2019

Using Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, I crafted the following text to reflect the timelessness of Dr King’s speech, and to share my own personal dream within my context of the Holy Land. I am attempting to honor the original words of Dr King while, at the same time, making it clear that his passion and unflagging determination are still badly needed today. May the spirit of our dreams find unity in pursuing peace and justice for all human beings.

I have a dream that one day this land will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed “that all men are created equal."

I have a dream, that one day on the green hills of Carmel, the refugees who fled Haifa and the grandchildren of the Jews who took refuge in it will be able to sit together at the same table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day Jerusalem, a city with the heat of injustice and oppression will be transformed into an oasis of peace and justice.

I have a dream that my sisters and brothers will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their family names but by the content of their characters.

I have a dream that one day down in the Jordan Valley with its settlers, with their mayor having his lips dripping the words, of “confiscation and demolition”, one day right there in the shores of Gaza, Palestinian and Israeli boys and girls will feel safe and joyful at the see

This is our hope, Yes Yes, this is the faith I go back home with, yes, with this faith (my Lord) we will be able to hew out the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform hatred into a symphony of brotherhood.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning songs of liberty.

And if the Holy Land is to be great this must become true, from the Mediterranean sea to the West bank of the river Jordan, from Lebanon to Egypt borders, let freedom spring.

And when this happens and when we allow freedom ring from every city and village and Bedouin tent and  town, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children,Jews, Muslims, Christians, and all others will be able to join hands and sing “We are free at last”.


Yusef Daher was born in Jerusalem in 1966. Currently, he serves as executive secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Center of the World Council of Churches. He is one of the authors of the Kairos Palestine Document “Moment of Truth – word of faith hope and love from the midst of the Palestinian Suffering”. In May 2009, Daher was responsible to introduce the media fact sheet on Palestinian Christians during Pope Benedict XVI visit and was part of the media team during Pope Francis last visit. From June 2003 to Nov 2006 he was the executive director of the Arab Hotel Association and the Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association, representing the Palestinian Tourism private sector in many fields and occasions. A travel and tourism expert, Daher holds a Masters degree in Pilgrimage and Tourism from London Metropolitan University. He was also a teacher of outgoing tourism at Bethlehem University for 11 years and wrote several articles in local newspapers and magazines in the fields of politics, economic development and tourism.


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