Thursday, November 16, 2006

Right Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal

i went to see him last night. he is an anglican bishop and an arab living in palestine. it was very interesting. i have to say i know very little about the jerusalem/palestine thing. his stories of the conflict and his peacemaking efforts were very sad but also a bit hopeful. it is so interesting hearing this stuff in belfast. i have to say i have never bought the big comparison between northern ireland and the middle east (i think mainly because i can't bear the appropriation of other people's conflicts as justification for our own... ) but it turns out there are some similarities after all. and it is always good to get a sense of people over there as real people...

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