In the United States, many children start to play sports at a very young age. As early as 5 or 6, American children are thrust into sports like soccer, football, tennis, basketball, softball, baseball, and more. Team sports are especially emphasized for young people, because they teach you important skills and valuable lessons about the […]Read more "Peace through Play"
The city of Jerusalem is significant in a number of ways to many Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It is holy for the three monotheistic religions because of the religious significant events that took place there. Although Jerusalem is unique, it’s important to why it’s significant to different types of religion. Significance of Jerusalem to Jews […]Read more "Jerusalem’s Significance"
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about some of the major environmental concerns within the Middle East and how these issues are often overlooked because of the political unrest of the region. I’ve since been interested as to what actions are being taken by people in the Middle East to preserve their land. While […]Read more "Environmental Spotlight: Friends of the Earth Middle East"
“I shall not hate” is a book by Izzeldin Abuelaish that talks about his experience with the Israeli-Palestine conflict. He is an infertility doctor that travels back and forth from Israel, where he works, to Gaza, where he lives. He talks about the immense difficulties of crossing the border and how many times he was […]Read more "I Shall Not Hate"
Every summer, children from conflict regions all over the world come together on a lake in Otisfield, Maine, USA. They come to join a camp called Seeds of Peace. The main goal of Seeds of Peace is to “give rise to new generations of leaders uniquely inspired and equipped to build lasting peace.” This summer […]Read more "Seeds of Peace"
As HallOUween (Ohio University’s Halloween Block Party) is quickly approaching, I’ve been wondering what Halloween is like in the Middle East and if it is even allowed. Halloween started out as a pagan holiday in Ireland, known as the Celtic Festival of Samhain, which was observed on October 31st. It was said that, “the souls […]Read more "Halloween in the Middle East"
In 1999 Law Number 4 was put into place concerning the rights of Palestinians with disabilities. Article 2 of this law states, “The disabled have the right to enjoy a free life, dignified living, and various services in a manner equal to that of the other citizens.” While this law was created with the intention […]Read more "Palestinian Paralympic Movement"
Recently I traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a National Conference. While I was there, we made it a point to visit the monuments. One of our first stops was the White House. While we were there, peaceful Palestinian protesters gathered outside of the White House with candles and signs. I could not read […]Read more "Can White House Protests Bring Peace?"
Ever since the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June and the subsequent airstrikes and violence in the region, the eyes of the world have been focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for months, world leaders have been contributing to the ongoing global discussion about the crisis. One such leader is newly-elected […]Read more "A Will to Peaceful Coexistence: Sweden to Recognize Palestinian State"
In the United States, I wake up daily to rights I didn’t even realize I had been granted…because I never thought someone would take them away. As an unmarried American woman, rights like driving, going places unattended, and hanging out with guy friends are just everyday moments for me, not preposterous acts that could be […]Read more "The Ongoing Fight for Women’s Rights"
The world is fascinated with music. It’s one thing that gives everyone the capacity to express their stories and emotions. It is through this shared connection to music that singing competition shows have risen to such great popularity. We watch contestants on these shows that inspire and entertain us, and by voting, we are able […]Read more "Arab Idol: More than Music"
Since a big influx in the mid 1970’s Lebanon has housed thousands of refugees, mainly of Palestinian descent. These people sought shelter after Israel eradicated them and since, many have still found themselves living as refugees in camps throughout Lebanon. The life for these people is usually tough, as the Lebanese government has made many […]Read more "Since Lebanon Seems to be a Gathering Place for Refugees, Are More Camps a Good Idea?"
It is widely known that Israel is considered to be an enemy to the Arab people, especially Palestinians, who lost their homes in that creation of Israel, but we do not often hear about the role Britain played in this chaos or about the ways in which they continue to oppress the Palestinian people to this […]Read more "Britain Refuses to Clean up its Mess"
With the upcoming United States presidential elections creeping ever so close, it is not only American’s who are anxiously awaiting the outcome. People around the world are watching to see who will win and ultimately decide many foreign policies that will affect people from many different countries. In Israel citizens are not only watching the […]Read more "The United States Elections Effects on National Issues"
At some points, I come to pause and think of all the innocent Jews who deserve to have a land. They are not guilty, they are humans, and just like any other person deserves to have a home and a society to live at, so does every Jew. Yet what stops that thought is the […]Read more "Soldiers gone wild: who will stop them?"
Even though this campaign’s design is not “wow”, it gets its message across. Not only is it presenting two sides, the civilized man and the savage, but it is telling you which side to take. “Support the civilized man,” when written as such, who wouldn’t want to pick that side? This is all understood from […]Read more "The Civilized Man vs. The Savage; Pick a Side?"
There has been a constant struggle between Israel and Palestine since the early 20th century. The key issues of conflict are focused around borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement, and finding resolution of the refugee question. These issues have led to severe human rights violence for both sides […]Read more "Will there ever be peace?"
Water supply issues have been a long-standing issue for Israel. In recent years Israel has faced an unceasing water shortage. Their current water deficit is equivalent to the country’s water consumption and has contributed to the decay of many important aquifers. A four-year drought, population growth, and increased standards of living are some contributing causes […]Read more "Water War?"