Yesterday, after going to three Thanksgiving parties one after another, I felt like a dozen turkeys were gobbling inside my stomach.
But you see, the turkeys have been previously gobbling inside my head. The incessant noise went on as a friend and I were talking about
Israel, Hamas and
"There's no winner in that situation," my friend remarked. And then she mentioned how a story a friend of hers told her debunked her mindset of
as the dove and Hamas as the
The friend witnessed how Israeli soldiers shot a tour guide and an old unarmed woman who was merely showing a centuries old stone mill near where she lives in the
After cautioning my friend about sweeping generalizations, I pointed out that the fighting in
is merely a macro representative of the violence that we, as individuals, do to
one another and to ourselves. Gaza
Violence comes in many faces and does not necessarily only happen whenever a soldier or a militant launches a missile or pulls the trigger of a gun. There are types of violence that have weakened friendships; fragmented relationships, marriages and families; and eroded respect and integrity. Biases, bigotry, selfishness, greed -- all assume the form of guns that we aim at each other and ourselves.
Later in the day as I surfed the net, I saw pictures (shown below) that somewhat muted the gobbling of turkeys in my head. Two of the pictures show both Muslims and Jews enjoying life in peaceful co-existence and even working together towards an advocacy. The last photo is a representation of the First Thanksgiving when in 1621, both the
Wampanoag Indians broke bread together. Plymouth
The noble in us can and does trounce the beastly.
- Ariel Murphy
|A Jewish man from Israel and a Muslim man from Palestine held a cardboard sign that said "why can't we all get along" on a street corner in Midtown Manhattan, November 2012.|