‘The Same and the Other’ by Rafaela Barkay, Brasil

Recently a friend asked my opinion about the 2014 Palestinian Oscar-candidate movie “Omar”. Usually I don’t retain for too long the details from the films I watch, and I can watch them again two or three times until I start to recognize the story - which in some cases can be an advantage. But with … Continue reading ‘The Same and the Other’ by Rafaela Barkay, Brasil

‘WHY I LOVE TO BE AROUND MUSLIMS’ By Carla Habif, Brazil

Let me explain this title. It comes as an answer to people who keep asking me what happened to me in the last years, why did I “get crazy” and began to walk around with Muslims. So I am telling you: I’m Jewish. Daughter of Jewish parents, I studied at a Jewish school, and was … Continue reading ‘WHY I LOVE TO BE AROUND MUSLIMS’ By Carla Habif, Brazil

The Palestinian who Enlightened our Day by Rafaela Barkay, Brasil

The Jewish tradition tells us that when Moses came back from Mount Sinai after seeing God for the first time, he had to cover his face with a veil because the people couldn’t bear to look at him, so strong was the light that emanated from him. I write this blog in the middle of … Continue reading The Palestinian who Enlightened our Day by Rafaela Barkay, Brasil

Watermelon with Cheese by Rafaela Barkay, Brazil

I am on my flight back home, and to distract the tears that insist on running, I decided to write. I should have delivered my last blog some time ago, but the immersion in so varied and deep experiences prevented me from doing it. I was born in Israel, raised in Brazil, and for many … Continue reading Watermelon with Cheese by Rafaela Barkay, Brazil

Our Differences Cannot Surpass Our Similarities by Rafaela Barkay, Brazil & Naima Nas, Egypt

The only Arabs I knew were those of Jewish origin, but these were not so Arabs. The others, I should fear. The Lebanese were Arabs, the Palestinians, the Moroccans and the Iranians were Arabs too. Anyone who lived in the Middle East and was not Jewish, was an Arab, except a few Christians, who were … Continue reading Our Differences Cannot Surpass Our Similarities by Rafaela Barkay, Brazil & Naima Nas, Egypt

Peace-building & Social Media: Virtual or Real Changes? by Rafaela Barkai, Brazil

Last November, I had to write a paper for my Master’s in Jewish culture, about any aspect of Israeli society. The war operation Amud Anan (or Pillar of Cloud) was taking place in Gaza, and I was getting involved in a Facebook group called “Turning a New Page for Peace”, linked to a community with the same … Continue reading Peace-building & Social Media: Virtual or Real Changes? by Rafaela Barkai, Brazil