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Frank Romano: Love and Terror in the Middle EastSalem-News.com
"I wrote this book to share with a wide audience my belief in the possibility of peace through grassroots activities in Israel and Palestine" - Dr. Frank Romano
(PARIS) - Over the past five years, peace activist/international lawyer Frank Romano has had to face hostility and pass through a maze of walls and checkpoints in Israel and the West Bank to lead interfaith activities aimed at easing the region’s bloody path to peace. His new book, LOVE AND TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST (World Audience Publishers) dramatically captures his efforts to promote understanding, communication and cooperation in the region among Jews, Muslims, Christians and non-believers.
LOVE AND TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST details Romano’s arduous journeys between Israel and the West Bank, discussing issues and organizing activities among religious and national groups. Traveling between these areas has been risky: he has been harassed and arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed by Israeli soldiers and attacked by West Bank settlers. Last month, a peace activist friend of Romano’s, an Israeli Jew, was murdered in the West Bank. Several months before that, another of his interfaith peace activist friends was murdered in Jerusalem. In addition, Frank’s efforts in the region have cost him a marriage, another long romantic relationship and close contact with his children.
LOVE AND TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST also delves into Romano’s agonized divorce with his first wife and separation from his three children after she fled to the United States, which ironically becomes a springboard for the author to seek his passion, interfaith peace in the Holy Land through love and understanding. In the meantime he meets another woman with whom he has a daughter. But his activities in Israel and the West Bank give rise to conflict with his new family ending with his permanent separation from his partner and their daughter in Paris over his dedication to traveling to the Middle East and organizing marches and dialogues for peace in the middle of the conflict.
Romano’s search thereafter for interfaith peace interweaves with his sometimes tragic personal life, hints of love and the desperation after a series of lovers and broken relationships. His life sometimes resembles more a personal battlefield than a peacemaking mission as he continues to look for love among Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Holy Land.
“I wrote this book to share with a wide audience my belief in the possibility of peace through grassroots activities in Israel and Palestine", Romano explains. A lot of the Middle East conflict is due to misunderstanding and lack of communication among religious groups, so I want to encourage people to begin organizing in their own communities to help break down those barriers.”
About the Author:
Frank Romano earned a PhD at University of Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, and a JD at Golden Gate University, Faculty of Law, San Francisco. He is a Maître de conférences (assistant tenured professor) at the University of Paris X in the Anglo-American Literature and Civilization Department and a member of the California and Marseille Bars. At present, he teaches law, literature, history and philosophy at the University of Paris, comparative law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University and practices law in France and in the United States.
Romano’s previous book, Storm Over Morocco, takes readers to the middle of the Jenin Refugee Camp where he spoke with many former prisoners of the Israeli government. The author believes that from the Jenin Refugee Camp, the heartthrob of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, will flow the river of peace that will reach the four corners of the world.
The author actively organizes and participates in interfaith events involving Jews, Moslems and Christians in Israel and Palestine. His vision in 1978 and his subsequent experiences in Morocco inspired his organizing interfaith events with members of various religions that notably include liberal, orthodox and extremist Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Israel and Palestine. Never losing sight of his spiritual path, he continues to nurture the dream of helping to find a peaceful solution to religious conflicts, notably in the Middle East. His faith founded on common denominators among religions noted above has deepened through his work there.
LOVE AND TERROR IN THE MIDDLE EAST
World Audience Publishers
Dr. Frank Romano is the author of STORM OVER MOROCCO, autobiographical narrative about following spiritual path while living with extremist religious sect. You can purchase the book at: amazon.com Storm Over Morocco
Learn more by visiting: frankromano363.com
Storm Over Morocco: http://www.soundauthors.com Frank Romano's Storm Over Morocco
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