October 18, 2007

A cracked olive branch

I had dinner with a friend of mine the other day. She had been to see her relatives in Betlehem over the summer and served a bowl of green olives from her Grandmother's 30 year old plantation. As she served me some she told me that this is the same plantation that doesn't exist anymore after it was bombed by the Israeli Military last summer.

We ate those olives like they were the last olives on earth. "I'm really sorry," was all I could bring myself to say. I didn't know what else to say to her, and she herself said nothing more on the matter.

She doesn't hate Jews or Israelis, and we often talk about the situation "down there" and more than often is she critical of "her own" people, in particular the new trend of being a "hamsawiyyeh" (follower of hamas) or not being one.

But I cannot help but react to the stories I hear from her and many other friends who visit or try to visit their family in Palestine. The harassment at the airport in Tel Aviv, not even being sure if they will be let in or not. The resentment that is created cannot be good for the future of the land?

I want to understand.

3 comments:

Diligent Candy said...

I was in a very similar situation a few months back...what has the world come down to ...it is very sad...

I watch my son ...and I really wonder...what will the world be like for him.

A world of Symphony said...

Although I haven't been to Israel in a long time but a close friend of ours (a devout Catholic) went on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem.

According to her, it was a smooth and pleasant journey.

That could be due to 2 reasons; 1) being a woman; 2) being Irish.

I don't know, maybe it also depends on the mood of the people in power in Israel.

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