All tagged Power

Submission: An Assault on Identity

Time and again I think myself above it, too strong, and then stumble and fall at the feet of patriarchy, told once again that to be strong is not appropriate. From all sides, I hear that I should be “submissive” - that to have dreams and ambitions, to fight for what I am passionate about, is not appropriate for me, a woman. I have too many goals; I am too independent, too much of a risk-taker. These are not the qualities of the ideal woman. I am not “domestic” enough; my ideas and opinions are too strong and don’t fit in the community I find myself in. 

Guesswork, Grievance and Game of Thrones at Ben Gurion Airport

"As of this moment, you have been denied entry to the State of Israel,” says a rotund and tanned security interrogator as we sit in his incommodious office at Ben Gurion Airport. “Now, I can help you out here, but you will have to help me, and I need some names… now.”

I’m three hours into my stay with the Israeli security services and unbeknown to myself, in one of my previous visits to Israel/Palestine, I attended a demonstration and was brazen enough to have thrown stones at soldiers in the full glare of IDF photographers.

True Generosity or False Charity: 3 Challenges

As I attended a dinner recently, a friend approached me, asking if I had heard about a specific evangelical Christian organization. “They do amazing work helping Palestinian refugees and women, and I know you care about these issues too,” remarked my friend. She seemed very enthusiastic, so, out of curiosity, I checked them out when I arrived home.

A Rape in the Holy Land

A woman, beautiful but with the weight of the world seeming to rest on her shoulders, stands alone struggling to grasp what has happened to her-the loss, the violation. What can be done now? Her body still feels the pain of her attack, of this attempt to dominate and destroy because of one selfish man’s desire to wield power. Beyond the physical injuries is a much deeper wound, though; it is an assault on her very identity, an attempt to use the physical fact of femininity to force her into subjugation, without regard to the emotional, mental and physical toll on her.

What Trump Really Represents

I was just a simple airline employee for the luxurious Qatar Airways, biding my time in the service industry before beginning my studies towards a masters degree, when I encountered now US presidential candidate Donald Trump several times in the course of a few months. We had instructions straight from the top that he was to be treated exceptionally; he would always fly first class, of course, all this courtesy of the Qatari royal family, the al-Thanis, who also own the airline.

Another Voice and the Israeli Elections - Part 3

The election of the twentieth Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and subsequently the next Prime Minister will be held on March 17th. The party that receives the most seats in the Knesset will choose who is included in the next government. As the time draws near, campaigns are getting more aggressive in order to influence voters and many people are wondering if their vote will make any significant difference.

Here is part 3 of our series, offering four more bloggers’ thoughts on these upcoming elections:

Another Voice and the Israeli Elections - Part 2

The election of the twentieth Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and subsequently the next Prime Minister will be held on March 17th. The party that receives the most seats in the Knesset will choose who is included in the next government. As the time draws near, campaigns are getting more aggressive in order to influence voters and many people are wondering if their vote will make any significant difference.

Here is part 2 of a 3 part series, offering our bloggers’ thoughts on these upcoming elections:

Another Voice and the Israeli Elections - Part 1

The election of the twentieth Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and subsequently the next Prime Minister will be held on March 17th. The party that receives the most seats in the Knesset will choose who is included in the next government. As the time draws near, campaigns are getting more aggressive in order to influence voters and many people are wondering if their vote will make any significant difference.

Here is part 1 of a 3 part series, offering our bloggers’ thoughts on these upcoming elections:

Love and Power

The way we respond in crisis has the opportunity to be powerful, if we hold on to love while doing so. It’s so easy to respond to the hatred around us with anger that gives rise to condemnation, that causes us to contemplate revenge. In spite of an ongoing commitment to nonviolence, a commitment to restoration, a commitment to love, practicing this is not easy.