Collateral Damage

Today we’re starting a regular series on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its effects on forced migration.

The last 60-70 years in this region have arguably seen some of the most large-scale displacement in world history, from Jewish families leaving the fallen, war-torn Nazi Germany to the humanitarian crisis of Palestinian refugee camps.

If you have any questions or thoughts, or if you have experience in this area and would like to contribute, please let us know in the comments or by contacting us.

Today we’re showing a short filmed interview of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. He identifies as a Palestinian, an Arab, a Christian, and a Lutheran minister. In this film he describes raising his family and running a church in Bethlehem, which is in West Bank just on the other side of the wall from Jerusalem.

One Response to “Collateral Damage”
  1. A good name for today’s post would be tarpit because that’s what it is, i.e. once you’re in, there doesn’t seem to be a way out. I’ve studied the area and the issue you raise for 20 years and my thinking has changed 100% over the course of that time as I’ve looked more deeply at both sides. Real non PC history has a way of changing one and so does an absolute committment to the truth as one uncovers it. I read an article today written by an old friend who said he spent years trying to explain Mid-East problems and why leaders do what they do but he could not, and he finally decided the leaders are simply crazy.

    I see a more sinister purpose behind the craziness than he does but a little insanity does make for a more volatile mix. One thing is apparent as I try to escape from this tarpit,and that is that neither Israel nor its enemies could behave they way they do toward each other without American help.

    This is a great subject which I could write a treatise on as I go on thinking about it but I know I must close. I mean how did Israel get over 200 nuclear weapons, and why do they not permit inspections, but require it of neighbors, and what about JFK’s relationship to Israel? Tarpit, Tarpit, I have to go.

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