Jul 18, 2018
I had the privilege and a thrilling experience to meet and spend a few hours with two brave and genuine human beings, Samah Salaime and Noam Shuster from Wahat Al Salam/Neve Shalom/Oasis of Peace.
What is the meaning of co-existence of Palestinians and Israeli.
“I am Jewish/Israeli but I was nurtured by Palestinian mothers just like I was nurtured by my own mothers. I can’t celebrate Israeli independence day without recognizing that there is another side to the story of what happened to Palestinians in 1948 in those exact times. It doesn’t contradict or threaten my identity. I think Acknowledgement and recognition are only ways for us to truly live together on this land.”
“I like to talk a lot about existence….The Jewish narrative is a very Eurocentric narrative that we are taught about the holocaust and the history of Israel that is very main stream. And the Palestinians have their own history of the catastrophe in 1948 but within in the Jewish context what I didn’t learn in school or even in the environment I grew up in, is actually the history of my mother and my family from Iran. The non European Jewish history, we have a long history of Jews living with side by side with Muslims in the Arab North African Middle Eastern world. The holocaust happened in Europe, it didn’t happen to the Jews living side by side with Muslims, there is thousands of years of shared life , culture, politics, everything, and I think it is a shame, that we are not using this narrative."
“...oppressed by power.”
“..we are paying the price...”
"My father is son of a holocaust survivor from Romania, and my mother was born in Iran.”
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