How Can an IDF Soldier Wear a Palestinian Flag? by Angy Shavit, Israel

There were a few hours left before I had to be at our meeting spot in Tel Aviv. So I started packing. Maybe this color isn’t nice? Maybe this color isn’t friendly enough? Maybe this color will scare them away from me? I took out something I could wear to sleep only to then realize … Continue reading How Can an IDF Soldier Wear a Palestinian Flag? by Angy Shavit, Israel

Prejudgements Are Ones First Enemy by Shadi Salameh, Palestine

In the morning, I left very early leaving no chance to arrive late, and was very happy to see the departure area of the borders at the Palestinian side almost empty. I bought my tickets, got my passport stamped by the Palestinian policeman who liked my name and started to sing Fairuz’s song for me, … Continue reading Prejudgements Are Ones First Enemy by Shadi Salameh, Palestine

The Palestinian, The Solider, and The Truck by Ahmad Abu Rayyan, Palestine

It was one year ago; I was driving my white semi-truck on the highway between Ramallah and Nablus, near the Ofra army camp. The atmosphere was wonderful and I was listening to Om Kalthom. After a few hours I heard that something was wrong with my truck.  I lowered the sound, parked the truck on … Continue reading The Palestinian, The Solider, and The Truck by Ahmad Abu Rayyan, Palestine

Learning from the Other by X., Lebanon

I’m a Lebanese guy whose country has been affected by wars where every difference, either religious or political, has led, at some point, to violent conflict. Therefore, all my childhood experiences are related to the violence in our country and the region. Because of this, I started a rebellion against everything and went out to … Continue reading Learning from the Other by X., Lebanon

Jordan Culture and Traditions by Sufian AlNweihi, Jordan

Jordan’s culture is a pleasant jumble of old and new, and Amman (its capital) has rapidly become one of the most sophisticated cities in the Middle East.   Values & Traditions Jordan can be regarded as a typically Arab country, for its people are very warm, friendly and hospitable. Jordanians are typically happy to forgive … Continue reading Jordan Culture and Traditions by Sufian AlNweihi, Jordan

Jordan’s Identity Challenge by Laila Bashar Kloub, Jordan

Today in 2015, the world is really different. Everything is quicker, easier, and changeable now. Preserving identities is not a problem of the country, it's a global challenge. When you can easily go to primary school in the Arab world, high school in Europe, college in America, and then work in Australia, for example, you … Continue reading Jordan’s Identity Challenge by Laila Bashar Kloub, Jordan

The Constant Dilemma of Identity in Tunisia by Abir Farhat, Tunisia

It is interesting to tackle the issue of identity from its very first root. In elementary school, students are taught one phrase, like a recitation, and they are supposed to learn it by heart. This phrase is to define how they perceive themselves for a lifetime unless they actually, and unlikely, question it. It says: … Continue reading The Constant Dilemma of Identity in Tunisia by Abir Farhat, Tunisia