Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel

I was 26 years old and I've never met the Palestinians who lived only 5 minutes away from my neighborhood. I stood at this beautiful observation point in Jerusalem and looked upon the Palestinian villages near Bethlehem. My entire life I was living here but I've never visited them. Next to me were standing a … Continue reading Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel

My First Christmas by Tamar Schechtman, Israel

I was born and raised in a quiet little town by the sea, far from borders and conflict and also far from cultural diversity. Other than a short exchange program in Germany during high school, I never actually met anyone who wasn’t Jewish. I knew nothing else. Though I was supposedly privileged, I felt deprived … Continue reading My First Christmas by Tamar Schechtman, Israel

Yemeni Muslims and Jews start family, by Mokhtar – Yemen

Around July 22, 2009, some Jewish families moved from Raidah district, Amran province, to Sawan area in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, the place where I used to live. I happened to be neighbors with a Yemeni guy called Abdurrahman who got married to a displace Jewish woman called Laiah. Raidah, a Yemeni village in Amran province … Continue reading Yemeni Muslims and Jews start family, by Mokhtar – Yemen

Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

The place that poets refer to in their verses as “heaven on earth” exists in the fairy tales, and in reality is not far from the Middle East. This real life fantasy is the beautiful valley of Kashmir, which is surrounded by snow clad mountains, lush green woods, and innumerable springs. Like many places globally, … Continue reading Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

Check Your Email by Yaniv, Israel

It all started about a year ago. I received another one of those emails calling Jerusalemites to invest some of their time in order to promote an idea or another. Naturally, I ignored the email completely. Why was this interesting to me? What do I have to do with social activism and volunteering just because … Continue reading Check Your Email by Yaniv, Israel