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Friday, October 14, 2011

We Learned A Lot

We recently heard a presentation by a college professor who participated in an visit to colleges and universities on the West Bank. Some of our take aways were: when we hear the media talk about Arabs, Israelis, Palestinians, we need to remember not to take those terms and paint a broad brush as to who these people are.

For example, some Arabs are Israelis - they account for about 1/5 of the population of Israel. There are Arab Jews, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims. There are Israeli Christians as well as Israeli Jews and not sure if there are Israeli Muslims, but probably.

A Catholic University at Hebron had an enrollment of 30% students being Catholic and the rest Muslim. And contrary to what we might think, many of the Muslim students were women.

We learned a lot and obviously there is much more to learn. The media could never give a fair and accurate picture of this part of the world. end

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