When I travel

(from a recent trip to Washington DC) There’s this thing I need to say. When I travel, most of those who serve me at the airport are immigrants. At least people of color. Today was no exception. I met Abu just now at Dulles international. He’s from Bangladesh. Muslim. I hesitated in asking more than just doing my transaction. Didn’t want to make a mistake or a fool of myself. Geeez Lars, get over your self preoccupation. “How do…

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Idris–Faces of My World

Idris (on the right) became a good friend during my time serving in Hebron in 2011. He lives in the heart of one of the most conflicted areas of Hebron and while he is persistently harassed by Israeli settlers, he remains a man of peace and frequently advocates for peace. He consistently nurtured good relationships with the Israeli soldiers and I often found him lobbying for understanding among the conflicted parties in the community. He had me in his…

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Visual Peacemaking

Here is a shorter version of my video that is catching media’s eye. But you know what? In our media saturated, ego driven, entitlement culture I like to speak like a grand poobah about the need for justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when many Palestinians, and Israelis, on the ground want to JUST live–peacefully. That goes for many of my Muslim friends too who epitomize what it means to be a loyal, peace loving, American citizen here in the…

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