Dear Yossi,

I have never read such a wonderful book about the Israeli-Palestinian

conflict. It took me only a few days to finish reading it in Arabic (over 100

A4-pages). I needed to pause and think after reading each paragraph

because each and every paragraph taught me about history, Judaism and

sequence of events that I had never read about before.

The book drew my attention to so many topics and raised my curiosity to

the point that I googled them in order to get the full picture. I couldn’t

just read without probing deep regarding lots of topics mentioned in the

book.

I was amazed by the way the author explained the conflict from a

pragmatic perspective, for the sake of reaching out to the other.

Each side has his own narrative but while reading the book I could see the

similarities and the differences clearly. I believe that we must

acknowledge the differences between both sides in so many aspects: the

cultural, the social, the religious and the way people on both sides

perceive the conflict.

The book demonstrated to me the real paradox of this conflict:The day

you celebrate is the day the other side mourns; Your independence day is

their Nakba’s memorial-day. I could feel a lot of the complexities

embedded in this conflict by reading this book.

Reading the book made me understand how sympathy can transcend a

person’s identity. The author presents a genuine approach in reaching out

to the other and seeking love and peace.

I don’t think that reading this book will be easy for Palestinians nor will it

be easy for Israelis. There are so many differences between them but this

doesn’t mean that there is nothing in common. Acknowledging the

differences and similarities is the real starting point for reconciliation.

 

I believe that finding the solution requires us to understand that both

sides want to resolve this conflict. Both sides want a peaceful, dignified

and secure life.

My personal experience for the past 10 years in the field of coexistence

and interfaith-dialogue, while being involved in several international

organizations, taught me a lot about this conflict. But my visits to the

Middle East in 2014 and 2018 made me understand the complexities

even more. I was bashed by the Palestinian side because of my work in

the field of interfaith. I was also bashed by the Israeli side for

understanding the Palestinian narrative. I was subjected to anti-Semitism

coming from Arab youngsters in Jerusalem when they saw me walking

with my religious/Orthodox Jewish friend after midnight, thinking I was

Jewish.

And last but not least, we must understand that Israel’s security is tightly

connected with the stability of the Palestinians’ lives. I don’t think there

will be security for Israel nor peace for all if there is no independent

Palestinian state. The Palestinians must get their freedom and dignity and

this is strongly connected with establishing a Palestinian State.

 

Thank you,

Abdelillah from Morocco