March 1, 2016 (writing from W. Bank)
I'm currently leading an Extend tour of 8 American Rabbis in the West Bank. I'm surprised by their previous experiences here. I came with the assumption that as older, American, Jews, they don't know what's going on here. But they do. They know the reality of occupation and have been fighting it for longer than I've been alive. They protested the building of settlements in Jerusalem in the 1980s. They facilitated dialogue groups in the 1990s. They were shocked by the Intifada in the 2000s. And here we are, the next generation, still fighting the same fights. The generation gap needs to be bridged--we have so much to learn from each other.
Greetings from the Unholy Land