All in Political Reflections

Heart Cries

How does one continue to live in a land where the government legalizes land theft calling it regulation, where the majority voices no objection to repeated confiscation of land to which others hold valid deeds; where killing unarmed, incapacitated persons in cold blood is justified to the extent that the perpetrator is sometimes named “hero?” These questions haunt my days and nights. 

A Palestinian Christian visits an Evangelical Festival Abroad - Part 1

The other day, a friend told me about an Evangelical festival [1] taking place in one of the major cities I was visiting. It was sponsored by more than 150 Evangelical churches in that city. She encouraged me to visit but also warned me that it might be more supportive of the Jewish people than Arabs, and more specifically Palestinians. I was intrigued and off I went. 

A Palestinian at the January 21 Women’s March

Yesterday, January 21, 2017, I joined the hundreds of thousands of women who united in the Women’s March to protect diverse women’s rights, safety, health and families following the controversial election of President Donald Trump. An unprecedented number of men and women took to the streets of Washington, D.C. and in numerous cities around the United States and the world to non-violently demonstrate, demanding respect for women and their rights. I was fascinated by the various home-made banners held by men, women and children. Some wrote slogans of discontent in response to Trump’s statements during his election campaign regarding women and different minority groups such as immigrants and refugees.

Elections, Choices yet Again?

In this season the press is inundated with election stories, polls, and opinion pieces. In the main, the Israel press covers international news in a more comprehensive way than does the national press of the rest of the world. International as well as local election reports and stories are of interest to a wide spectrum of people with differing preconceived notions and political agendas.

A Muslim convert’s reaction to the upcoming US elections

I am an American 100%, born and raised. At age 16, after much exploration, I decided to convert to Islam. Thankfully, I was born in a country that allows each individual to choose their beliefs. I have now been a Muslim for more than half of my life. Since I am white and do not wear the hijab (headscarf), my Muslimness goes unnoticed. In other words, I rarely encounter prejudice or profiling. 

5 Perspectives on Shimon Peres' Legacy

To many Israeli Jews I understand that he is considered the symbol of peace. He is one of the few remaining founding leaders who took part in Israel’s establishment, which has been through many wars. As a Palestinian, I know many Palestinians were the casualties of these wars. It is a fact that since the 90s Peres tried to carry on the failed peace attempts, but he was met with much opposition from his people. T

Poetry and Politics

Poetry is a great love of mine.  I write it and I read the works of many poets. Poetry and news do not necessarily seem compatible but today a poet was in the news. Although he lived in exile for many years, Mahmoud Darwish, who died in 2008, was born in Palestine and became his homeland’s national poet. Like most poets, his poetry grew out of his life experience. When young, he was an angry young man who expressed his pain in words that became the lament and the cry of rage of his people. He wrote of exile, occupation, injustice, and saw Palestine as Eden lost.