Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"One Voice"/Why Peace is Possible in the Middle East
I came across this event only after it happened, which makes me wonder how well publicized it was; yet seeing the parade of faces, both Israeli and Palestinian, committing themselves to being part of the peace solution, doubtlessly rose my spirits. Every year, I teach a course on Israeli and Palestinian literatures, and I've found that the literature from both nations offers some dramatic and imaginative attempts to leap into imagining the "other." Though literature has also clearly played a role in nationalist exercises in demonizing the other and focusing on one's own pain, there are so many examples of that ethical leaping required to begin reconciliation and coexistence.