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15 Jul, 2014

A Palestinian Saved My Life – NYTimes.com

It’s hard for me to oppose an Israeli strike on Gaza while Hamas continues to intentionally fire rockets at civilians. On the other hand, it’s easy to see things that way from where I sit. If I imagine living in destitute conditions for years, without even having a country to call my own, I might despair. And desperate measures might follow. But even the most righteous fight for freedom is not an excuse for intentionally killing innocents.

Israelis have every right to defend ourselves and our country, but that does not give some of my compatriots the right to shout “Death to Arabs” in the streets.

I know quite well that there are good people — kind, warm, loving people — on the other side. And I don’t care if they represent the minority or the majority of the population. Abraham asked God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for only 10 righteous people. We can be right without being hateful. We can act without being vengeful. Israelis must realize that not all Palestinians are terrorists. I owe my life to one of them.

Because governments are only as strong as the peoples’ support for them, the only way to end the bloodshed is to renew dialogue between the peoples rather than the leaders.

Read the rest: A Palestinian Saved My Life – NYTimes.com.