We were very sad this month to hear of the passing of Lord Jonathan Sacks and Dr. Saeb Erekat. Here at SNS, part of our learning about the conflict is examining the lives and efforts of leaders like these in trying to promote dialogue, negotiation and to find a way forward on the difficult path to peace - both among our British communities and in Israel-Palestine. They modelled attempts to understand others, whilst also showing leadership and being clear about their own beliefs and views.
I recently had the pleasure of leading a lunchtime talk on August 28 for members of ENCATE. The topic was understanding and tackling Antisemitism and Islamophobia in relation to the discourse around the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Reflecting on the global protests taking place by Black Lives Matters and the racist and misinformed counter protests has been an emotional rollercoaster and has triggered trauma to resurface. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, angry, and sad, and despair has been provoked by the personal conversations and public discourse. I have also found solace and camaraderie, knowing that I am not alone.
The week the government closed British schools was one of the most challenging of my life. Sudden, difficult decisions had to be made that were unthinkable the previous week.
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I'm writing this post in the middle of a shift as an ambulance driver collecting corona samples.
My introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came when I was about 16 after I attended a play called ‘Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea’. Watching this play was a moment of political awakening for me, of political consciousness. I became aware of how little I knew about the world outside of my continent, comforted in a bubble that atrocities are confined to history, they’re something we study, not something we experience.