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Radical Empathy in Gaza

Radical Empathy in Gaza

As the world watches the situation in Gaza crumble day by day, Rabbi Jill Jacobs writes an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for ‘radical empathy’ as a way to bridge the divide.

She defines radical empathy as opening oneself up to the pain and suffering of the other, at the moment when you have the most fear of them. As examples, she offers the Palestinian and Jewish parents who comforted each other upon the loss of their children, and Jews and Muslims who fasted together for peace.

The whole article, well worth a read, is here.


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Addison Bross

HAARETZ journalist Amira Haas, daughter of Holocaust survivors and critic of Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies, quotes a friend living in Gaza under the siege

“In all the suffering and death,” wrote a friend from Gaza, “there are so many expressions of tenderness and kindness. People are taking care of one another, comforting one another. Especially children who are searching for the best way to support their parents. I saw many children no older than 10 years old who are hugging, comforting their younger siblings, trying to distract them from the horror. So young and already the caretakers of someone else. I did not meet a single child who did not lose someone – a parent, grandmother, friend, aunt or neighbor. And I thought: If Hamas grew out of the generation of the first intifada, when the young people who threw stones were met with bullets, who will grow out of the generation that experienced the repeated massacres of the last seven years?”

Amira Haas, “Israel’s moral defeat will haunt us for years,” HAARETZ, July 28, 2014

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