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    are interested and supportive. Bottom line: Anyone who recognizes the shared humanity and dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis meets the minimum criteria for a respecful discussion.

    Especially an atheist. Both religions are used to dehumanize the other. Sometimes I think if the tolerant and secular Jews and Muslims that I know here in the US were able to somehow map a way forward, that they just might succeed.

    I work a lot in the Middle East, and am friends with several Iraqi atheists. It's not easy being an atheist in Iraq, and none of them advertise the fact. I think the atheist community here would benefit greatly by hearing from other atheists who don't have roots in the Christian or Jewish community - both in terms of recognizing how much we share, but also in getting a little perspective on how one develops intellectually and manages philosophical dissent within one's family, community, etc.

    In terms of the I/P discussion, your friend sounds like exactly the sort of person who needs to be heard.  There are enough of us here who are mature enough, respectful enough, and interested enough to push back against the usual bullshit that can infect those diaries.  It's his choice - we all sometimes feel worn down by the reality that generations go by without real change, and that all the good wishes, memories, desires for justice and reconciliation end up being phantoms. I can see how helpless that would make a person feel.  

    That said, if he wishes to write, then "ahalan wa sahalan".  I will be glad to read.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:37:05 AM PDT

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