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PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT STRIKES PERSONAL CHORD WITH LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP

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Source: muslimmatters.org

By: Mona Shadia

Up until about four months ago, I called a pro-Israeli Persian Jew my best friend.

She and I were initially drawn to each other through an appreciation for a commitment to our respective faith — Islam for me and Judaism for her. We saw each other as representatives of the strong, intelligent women we seek and appreciate. We connected through various other life experiences, ones that Middle Eastern women encounter in America, like our struggle with a culture in America that defines beauty differently from our kind of beauty. We connected through a yearning for peace and freedom in the Middle East — Iran for her, Egypt for me, Jews and Muslims for both of us.

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The information war over Gaza (Video)

info-pictogram1 Gaza: media myths and conflicting narratives. What is the role of social media in the Israeli-Palestinian battle for hearts, minds and political support? And, Gazans reporting from the conflict zone – but is Israel listening?