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[20 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
It’s All In a Word: Muslim, Jewish, Friend

Whittni Brown-Abdullah
USA/Israel-Palestine
Whittni is an American Muslim who writes by the penname W.B.Abdullah. She traveled with her husband Hassan and their daughter to Israel/Palestine this September on pilgrimmage. Below is an account from a day they spent in Hebron with their new Jewish friend, Myron. They met Myron through fellow Peace X Peace Community member, Irit Hakim-Keller.

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We parked by the Lone Tree and Myron filled our heads and hearts with stories of the past, present, and future. Stories of war, love, triumph, and failure. Stories of Israelis and Palestinians getting along. …

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[25 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
We Transform Leaders into Peace Resources

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi
Kenya
I am a Muslim and a Peace-builder. The two things are in harmony in me, like being a professional and being a mother.
I grew up in Wajir, in a mixed neighborhood of Christians and Muslims. My role model was my mother’s mother, Makka. She was a strict trainer of character. She taught me to be ladylike. “Don’t talk and eat.” “Don’t drag your feet.” And so much more! I used to cut hair and fingernails and save the money to buy her a scarf or slippers. In 15 …

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[22 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Smiling for Peace

Houda Ezra Nonoo
Bahrain
Her Excellency Houda Ezra Nonoo is the Ambassador from Bahrain to the USA.
I think I promote peace everywhere I go by smiling at people. It sounds simple, but it’s true.
Until I was 13 or 14 I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I gave that up to work in the family business. This current job is the height of my ambition. No other job could have so much variety. The best part of it is meeting people I would never have met otherwise, from around the world and …