Today has been really great so far. I went to the Freedom Theater to see the graduates performance. Although it was all in Arabic, the emotion of the performances were incredibly strong. I have met some more people that will be travelling on the bus! There are people from France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Canada. I finally met some other Americans! One is from San Francisco and another girl is from Georgia (and her name is Amelia my girlfriends name!), and there is a couple here about my parents age from Massachusetts! I am missing my girlfriend, friends, and family a lot, but everyday I feel so blessed to be here. I am trying to be present in every moment.
I think the biggest thing that has stood out for me is that there is so much Islamaphobia in America. Everyone that I have met has been so incredibly kind and generous. It is a shame that it has been so ingrained in us that Muslims are terrorists or are somehow bad people. I have been completely immersed in this culture for 5 days now and everyone I have met has been so incredibly kind. It is true that we fear what we don’t know, but at the same time wouldn’t it be wonderful instead of being afraid, if we could embrace every new person and experience with an open heart and open mind.
All the Palestinians want is to be seen as individuals, as human beings. All they want is security and peace for their families and their future. Inshallah
peace, love, and solidarity,