Whenever my baby brother asks me something I can't confidently answer, I get a bit obsessed with finding the right answer for him. I don't like sound bites and people telling me what the what. I like to read up on some stuff. He asked me about the conflict between Israel and Palestine and I only knew what I knew even as what I knew has always felt like an oversimplification of the details. Being someone with friends whose only criteria is that they are good people...I, of course, have friends who are Jewish as well as friends who are Muslim so I reached out to them for some personal answers.
Truth be told...their answers were the type of which stem from true frustration with a situation that's long past gone too far. And, as these friends live in the United States...maybe their history on the facts have been blurred a bit simply by living in an area they don't have to worry about the very real violence going down in their Mother country/ies.
And I just really wanted to understand what has been going down over there and why as much as I could.
A friend told me about this book:
And then...I understood more. MUCH.MORE.
Pour yourself a glass of water. This is a long one.