Jerry Levin (journalist)

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Jerry Levin is a former CNN network journalist.[1] He writes on nonviolence, with an emphasis on the Middle East and in particular Palestine and Israel.[2]

In 1984 he was kidnapped and held hostage by Hezbollah.[1] He escaped after eleven and a half months in captivity due to the nonviolent behind the scene efforts of friends and colleagues organized by his wife, Sis Levin.[2][3] Of Jewish descent, Levin converted to Christianity during his captivity.[4] [5] [6]

In 1991, his story was made into a made-for-TV movie, Held Hostage.[1] The movie starred David Dukes as Levin.

He has worked with several violence reduction organizations in the West Bank and Gaza, including Christian Peacemaker Teams) and with nonviolent peace and nonviolent justice organizations in the U.S .[2][7]

In April 2009 he and his wife were recognized by the Dalai Lama as one of 2009's "Unsung Heroes of Compassion".[8]


  • Jerry Levin. Reflections on My First Noël. (Pasadena: Hope Publishing, 2002). ISBN 978-1-932717-06-8.
  • Jerry Levin. West Bank Diary: Middle East Violence as Reported by a Former American Hostage. (Pasadena: Hope Publishing, 2005). ISBN 978-1-932717-03-7.


  1. ^ a b c Sis, Levin (12 January 1991). "Don't Call the Hostages in Lebanon 'Forgotten'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "West Bank Diary: Middle East Violence". Christian Peacemaker Teams. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Peace Activists Jerry & Sis Levin to Speak at JSU". Jacksonville State U. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Colson, Charles W. (2010). God and Government. Zondervan. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-310-86221-5. 
  5. ^ Seiple, Robert A. (2004). Ambassadors of Hope: How Christians Can Respond to the World's Toughest Problems. InterVarsity Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8308-3223-1. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Gene E. (2004). Why I Can Believe in Modern Miracles. Xulon Press. pp. 47–54. ISBN 978-1-59467-831-8. 
  7. ^ "Hebron Update: July 30-August 11, 2001". Christian Peacemaker Teams. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "About the keynoters". Kanuga Conferences Inc. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 

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