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Questions with Question Marks

Dear Family and Friends, 
Our day began with a reminder: that questions have a question mark on the end of them. When taking a diverse group like Pardes to Chevron to hear from perhaps an even more diverse array of narratives, this reminder is critical. Question asking, our Israel Educator Jamie emphasized, is about understanding someone else’s worldview and sharpening your own opinion- not about rebuttal. 
Before we even left the Beit Midrash this morning we heard from Ayal, a representative of B’Tselem, a Jewish Israeli "anti-Occupation" organization. When we got to Chevron, Ayal’s narrative was starkly contrasted by Noam Arnon, a founding member and representative of the Jewish community of Chevron. 
The area of Chevron is divided into two geographic areas- 80% Palestinian (referred to as Hebron 1 or H1) and 20% Israeli (H2). Throughout the day, as I listened to each person share their experience living in this contested land, I wrestled with the competing notions of enf…

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