Beer festival offers ‘peaceful resistance’ to Middle East conflicts

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September 21, 2015

A man and child walk past a banner at the Taybeh Oktoberfest in the West Bank village of Taybeh Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) See WEST-BANK-TAYBEH-OKTOBERFEST Sept. 21, 2015.

A man and child walk past a banner at the Taybeh Oktoberfest in the West Bank village of Taybeh Sept. 19. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

TAYBEH, West Bank (CNS) — As Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem once again became embroiled in violence, locals and guests in Taybeh were enjoying ice-cold beers, grilled meats, frosted doughnuts and throbbing music as the all-Christian Palestinian village celebrated its 11th Oktoberfest.

“This gathering is good,” said a beaming Nadim Khoury, who together with his brother, David, opened the village’s now-famous Taybeh microbrewery, which hosts the festival. That was in 1995, two years after Nadim Khoury returned from an extended sojourn in the United States.

“It brings unity to all the people here; they share, sell local products, drink beer, eat,” Nadim Khoury said. “We show the world we can have a normal life, we celebrate life. The Middle East always has problems; this is our peaceful resistance.”

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