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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[14 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments | ]
Is the World Deaf and Blind to Syria?

Ghada Ghazal
Hama, Syria

“People are no longer afraid; when a man is shot in a demonstration, his friends will carry him on their shoulders and continue their demonstration.”
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I grew up with the image of my father taken violently by the Syrian soldiers, and with the image of my uncle who was killed under torture. It was 1982 when the great Hama massacre took place and no one in the world knows about that. I was five years old. My father, mother, and brother and I were obliged to leave our home …

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[7 Feb 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
In Jerusalem, Even the Dentist Lets You Know Who’s in Charge

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
A lot of people hate going to the dentist because it hurts. I hate going to the dentist in Jerusalem because it hurts, but not in my mouth. It hurts my sense of belonging.
We go to an Israeli dental clinic.
Many Palestinians in Jerusalem go to Israeli dental clinics. Why shouldn’t they? Palestinians who have residency in Jerusalem are entitled to Israeli health insurance. It’s one of the few benefits they got when Israel illegally annexed Jerusalem.
Nearly all the approximately 300,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are “residents.” …

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[29 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Mother, Forgive Us if We Are the Next Martyrs

Anonymous*
Hama, Syria
“What shall I tell my mother, as she is still suffering and this news will increase all the pain of the last 30 years? Many days had passed, and we were sad and grieving yet still peacefully protesting.”
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Every mother, daughter, wife, father, and child has tragic experiences in Abi Al Fedaa, namely: the city of Hama. The most difficult pain is when you are trying to overcome 30 years of pain from the past and then one is faced with even greater pain in the present time. It all …

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[16 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Neda Was in My House – In Jerusalem!

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine

“It’s critical (critical!) to learn about past and present injustices and indignities, but counterproductive to let history hold us back.”
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Neda* was in my house. In Jerusalem! A friend sneaked her in from Ramallah. It’s not easy getting past the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint or around the Annexation Wall. But Palestinians have their ways. If they need to get to work or want to shop at the mall or have to visit a sick relative, they get creative. And Neda had a critical mission to fulfill—exploring historic …