8 Questions Asked Whenever Israel and Palestine Reach Your Local News
1. Are you safe?
When family or friends hear the news about yet another cycle of violence, they worry about us and send us their concerns. Our answers may vary depending on the specific events and where we live or work. Some of us are further removed from the most intense areas, while others are affected on a regular basis.
2. What is going on?
Since we live here, we should know what is going on. It isn’t that simple. We do know the part of the truth our media chooses to present to us, which usually involves each side’s media portraying their people as the clear victims and the others as the obvious perpetrators. So, we might tell you what is going on, but that is not necessarily the full story. One of the best ways to figure out a little of what is going on is to take a look at both an Israeli and Palestinian media source on the same event. Regardless of whether or not they are portraying things entirely accurately, at least you can get a better picture of how each side perceives a specific event.
3. Is it going to get worse?
It is generally considered ‘worse’ when one person dies, or outright hostilities/operation is undertaken. Sadly, one casualty leads to more and more casualties as anger and blame increase with each death, and the cycle of violence continues. We mourn those who have died in Israel and Palestine.
It is very hard for us to predict how things will evolve since we are spectators as you are. We try to stay tuned to the news and hope that we or our loved ones are not in the wrong place at the wrong time.
4. Not again!!?
We watch as the same tragic events happen again and again and again until we, and you, realize that we have a responsibility--a responsibility in who we vote for in our country’s politics, and in our daily actions to be active agents of peace.
5. What do you think is the solution?
We have had many politicians who have failed to find a solution, and we doubt we have the full answer to this conflict. However, we believe that both people can live side by side and this blog is our attempt to show that. Although we are eight different bloggers with sometimes conflicting views, we are all committed to be a voice of peace and hope for each other and those around us. The solution starts with us believing in peace and taking actions towards it.
6. Why do you stay there?
Many people wonder why on earth we would want to remain in Israel and Palestine. Some of us were born here, while others moved from elsewhere, and we have many different answers to this. Whether it is because of family, our belief in making this land a better place, our faith, or some combination thereof, we have chosen to be here and have a vested interest in working towards peace rather than simply leaving when things get tense.
Many well-meaning friends or family members remind us that we always have a bed in Greenville/ Manchester/Helsinki/Sydney/Kampala, etc.
7. What do your children think? They can always leave, right?
For those of us who have children, we often face difficult questions about raising them in a conflict zone and whether they will want to leave. We also have to face these challenging questions in ourselves, knowing that conflict does affect them and we don’t want them to inherit the fears and prejudices that come with it.
As mothers, we teach our children to be a light in the darkness, so to speak, and to think critically about what their society teaches them in the hopes that they can participate in building a better future.
8. Doesn’t it say in the Bible that things will get worse?
The Bible has much to say about difficult times; it has much to say about redemption and renewal as well. We believe that God is a God of impossible things. While it seems peace is one of these ‘impossible things’ right now, we do not believe that violence and conflict will have the last word. We believe that we are here to be agents of peace on earth and that we can bring about a positive change in this difficult situation.