“I Shall Not Hate” by Izzeldin Abuelaish

Despite my increasing passion for and interest in the Middle East, I’ve actually never taken a formal class on Middle Eastern politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or Arab history. And so, I haven’t read through the standard reading lists for such courses of study, but have mainly been learning anecdotally and through time here and there in the region. Continue reading ““I Shall Not Hate” by Izzeldin Abuelaish”

“Be a Jew, forever!”

On this date in 1977, Shimon Peres became the 8th Prime Minister of Israel. As Shmuel Rosner wrote in this New York Times article, “Mr. Peres began his life in Vishneva, a village on the border of modern-day Poland and Belarus. When he left for Palestine in 1934, under his original name, Shimon Persky, his grandfather told him, ‘Be a Jew, forever!’ The grandfather, along with much of his family, perished in the Holocaust.” Continue reading ““Be a Jew, forever!””

Apply: Want to travel to the Middle East this summer?

The Philos Project is a phenomenal organization dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. This past summer, I participated in their immersive educational program called the Philos Leadership Institute.

Applications are currently being accepted for the┬ásummer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35. Continue reading “Apply: Want to travel to the Middle East this summer?”