The Myth of Balance: Navigating Cyberbalkanization in a Post-Truth Era

As an avid follower of the US presidential election and usually intermittent but more recently obsessed consumer of the news, it’s hard to make sense of the many voices coming from the White House and various news sources.  I understand that we can look at one event from different angles, but the levels of misinformation are troubling.

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. 

An Obligation to Justice

Jesus turning the tables of the money changers

Recently, I had a conversation with an evangelical Christian who argued that a focus on social justice among Christians distracts from the “real issues,” especially evangelism and discipleship. This person argued that we just need to trust Jesus and primarily focus on the spiritual needs of people. However, when I read Scripture, I see a God of justice and a faith that is lived out in action (James 2:14-17).

A Challenging Encounter

Last week I had a very interesting encounter with guests who came to see the offices where I work. After the usual superficial introductions, the conversation turned to questions about who they were and why and what they were doing in the country. Slowly their story began to unfold. They were Christians and were newly married; having come to Israel for their honeymoon. They came on a tour and had planned to stay for the three-month period that their tourist visas allowed and investigate what life in Israel was like.

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.