How to Talk about Israel & Palestine Online (Without Losing Your Mind)

Online conversations around Israel & Palestine are uniquely volatile. We’ve all seen discussions on this subject devolve within minutes, turning into flame wars replete with copy & pasted quotes from holy books, poorly referenced ‘news’ sources; rife with derision, condescension, and name-calling. It would be easy to write off the online mudslinging to ignorance. Unfortunately, education […]

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Agents of Change at #SoSSPeace15

Last weekend I traveled to Princeton, New Jersey to take part in the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom annual leadership conference. The conference brought together women from around the world, is the largest gathering of Muslims & Jews anywhere, and is comprised almost entirely of women. It was my honor to be a panelist at this […]

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Reflection on a Jewish Position on BDS, and the Question of Effectiveness

Few topics of conversation elicit the same level of online vitriol as the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Zionism; Occupation; Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS), Jihad, and Intifada are all words that elicit immediate visceral reactions among the Muslim and Jewish people I know and work with. The public discourse around these topics is toxic, […]

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The Dream of My Life

  When I was six-years-old, my father convinced me that we were going to space. He sat at the table with me after dinner and drew out crude schematics for turning the laundry room that was attached to our house into a rocket. We could add big tanks under the floor for rocket fuel, he said, […]

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