All tagged History

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.

Victims and Terrorists Alike

For the past few months, there have been recurring events in the news where a Palestinian and a soldier come in contact, with the end result nearly always being the death of the Palestinian. Two weeks ago, a video from Hebron was released showing a soldier shooting a subdued Palestinian who lay on the floor. The last week of April, two Palestinians - a pregnant mother of two and her brother - were shot and killed by soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint. Like clockwork, these events are reported by Palestinian and Israeli news channels offering two opposing accounts of what happened.

Contradiction and 8 Things I Love about Israel

Today is a day of memories. They’re mixed memories. History has led us to the present where I can live as an equal citizen, free and secure; where I can immigrate to Israel and express my Jewish identity openly as I see fit. Yet this same history has displaced one of my dearest friends who lives minutes away from me, robbing her of her equality, freedom and security. We live different realities side by side, and they only intersect when we make an effort for them to. 

A Celebration of Loss: Israeli Palestinians on Israel's Independence Day

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.