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I generally credit much of my ambition to my father. It is fairly deserved - my dad is a great dad and he instilled in me a sense of internal value and personal strength. He never taught me that my ability was tied to my gender and always said I could do anything I worked towards and could always do better.
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.
I hardly know where to begin and certainly not where to finish as I look over the daily news headlines. Our media is filled with the latest stories as well as ongoing developments from yesterday’s news. It's always unpredictable on one level, but the trajectory is set to the right and is gaining traction in our complex, conflicted region.
I want to try to explain how this day feels for me as an Israeli-Palestinian. Israel’s independence day is a hard day because on that day, 67 years ago, my people lost their state. As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I am part of the Palestinian people by heritage, and part of the Israeli people by citizenship. On the day my country celebrates its birth, I grieve the loss of my nation. On days like these, the contradiction between my country and my people is highlighted.