Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush

This post was inspired by a particular exchange with a friend online, but is intended for every one of my friends who is tempted to respond to the violence in Paris by blocking all Syrian refugees from coming to the US, screening immigrants by religion, or painting all Muslims with the same brush. Dear Friend, We recently had aContinue reading “Let’s Not Paint All Muslims With the Same Brush”

Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era

In March of this year, when Congressman Peter King (R-NY) held hearings about the professed increasing “radicalization of Muslim-Americans”, I was living in the West Bank. I first heard about the hearings through Al Jazeera’s English TV program. An Al Jazeera correspondent interviewed a woman who said that she is afraid of radical Islam, andContinue reading “Fear and Compassion: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Era”

The Other Side of the Fence: Israeli Settlements In Perspective

“I’d prefer you call it a village, not a settlement,” our host requested.  “I think if you just call us ‘settlers’ it’s kind of dehumanizing,” he explained. A few minutes earlier, this American-Israeli father had invited a group of 15 American students and adults into his home.  He lives in the village of Efrat, whichContinue reading “The Other Side of the Fence: Israeli Settlements In Perspective”

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