NSWJBD/Honest Reporting Israel Mission Day 5
The NSWJBD joint mission to Israel with Honest Reporting has a Canadian member. Alan Perlmutter from London, Canada files the report on Day 5…
I am Alan Perlmutter from London Canada, yes the other city at the fork of a Thames river.
I have always found Israel to reveal a surprise around every corner. This morning my wife Cathy and I went out for a walk and noticed several beautifully adorned men and women walking towards a spot in a public park. I struck up a conversation with one of the men and was quickly invited to an Eritrean wedding. This was a wonderful experience, typical of the rich diversity seen in every part of this country.
Later, we listened to three speakers explain politics from their (Arab) perspective. While these speakers all shared the view that Israeli democracy provided them with the opportunity to express their opinions which ranged from Israel being too accommodating to the Palestinians to needing to do much more in a deteriorating situation. I think the most interesting speaker was a Palestinian man who spent 10 years in prison for injuring 3 Israeli soldiers with a Molotov cocktail. He now fights for peacefully settling issues between the Palestinians and Israelis. He also made the interesting point that Israel should try and interact with the Palestinians to show them that Israelis are more reasonable than what they have been taught by their Palestinian schools and media.
Tomorrow we will visit the Golan.