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[14 May 2013 | 14 Comments | ]
Can Faith Substitute for Human Rights?

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While the international community and human rights activists emphasize that human rights are universal, inalienable and imprescriptible, the truth is that human rights are inherent only in places where the culture of human rights exists.”
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Through my work as a human rights educator, I sought to bring hope to young people and motivate them to be agents of change. I lived the happiest days of my life teaching, especially because I maintained a good rapport and a positive relationship with my students. I have been blessed by the …

Connection Point »

[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.” …

Connection Point »

[13 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Do Pigs Fly – Or Is This a Matter of Human Rights?

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“It’s a matter of human security, livelihoods, sanitation, and well-being. It’s a matter of human rights.”
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I sat on the far side of a large, plain room in the municipality building in Zawiya village in the West Bank governorate of Salfit. On the other side of the room, six local men were introducing themselves. I was there to do research for an article about community philanthropy, and I promise I will write that article, but first I need to write about wild pigs.
Wild pigs?
“Mansour is so big,” one …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[21 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]

We are deeply saddened by the ongoing violence we are witnessing in the Middle East. There are five dead in Israel and the death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 162. These are more than statistics – they are human beings. These are our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and families. Peace X Peace stands for nonviolence and equal human rights for all, and we are advocating for peace in the region.
We call for an immediate end to the use of violence by all parties, an end to the …