Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Israelis and Palestinians Living Separate Lives

From Associated Press:
Rabinyan said the book is not autobiographical, but that she was inspired to write “Borderlife” after spending a year in New York City. While there, she said she met Palestinian students, scientists and artists — a rarity. Although 20 percent of Israeli citizens are Arabs, Jews and Arabs have minimal interaction, while Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have little contact with Israelis other than soldiers.

“I had to cross two oceans to get to know for the first time, eye-to-eye, on foreign soil and speaking in English, my neighbors, those who grew up under the same sun on the same strip of land between the river and the sea,” Rabinyan said. “It was a very meaningful experience.” (Source.)

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