Well hello there strangers!
I know what you’re thinking… You weren’t the absent party in this whole blog thing. And I apologize. I’ve been really busy thinking and talking about my trip to Israel, not to mention getting ready for upcoming classes. But that is no excuse for not updating in like FOREVER, even just to let you know I’m still alive. For that I am truly sorry. If you can possibly find it in your heart to forgive me, I would be ever thankful!
Okay, if you’re still reading, I’m guessing that means you’ve forgiven me. Thanks. Now lets chat a bit about Israel, shall we? Okay! First things first, I had the time of my life over there! It was such an amazing, mind-blowing experience! I took a TON of pictures (1,564 pictures and videos, to be exact) and had so many great conversations with truly inspiring people. We heard the life story of so many Palestinian and Israeli people in two weeks, and I know we have only scratched the surface of the surface of life in Israel! The people are truly inspiring on so many levels. I am so saddened by the fact that I was clueless as to what was going on over there and that the US is helping to fund a lot of the inequality!
I don’t know how they manage to do it, but despite all the horrible things Palestinians have to endure there, they maintain a positive attitude and are hopeful of better days. I’m not sure I would be able to have such optimism in face of what they’re dealing with. For them, it’s basically survive on hope or perish in despair.
It was such a great experience getting to talk to leaders like Mitri Raheb and Elias Chacour and hear all that they have done and continue to do to bring hope and opportunity to the people. At the same time they are constantly working to promote peace and understanding between the Palestinians and Israelis.
I look forward to answering questions, talking to everyone, and spreading the hope and knowledge that I gained on this trip with all of you! Please feel free to check out my pictures on Facebook. I’ll try to figure out a way to share them with everyone who doesn’t have a facebook account.