Since I grew up in a house with the Arab perspective, and the Arab narrative on the Israel- Palestinian conflict I believe that is a perspective that is missed here in the United States. Not only did my parents instill that perspective in me, I also met and made Arab friends in college that were so friendly and inclusive. They were Jordanian, Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, all these different types of people. And I dated a Palestinian, and his narrative of his childhood was so different than my own that it made me think. He would throw rocks at the tanks driving by when he was younger. There’s also growing inequality and the fact that we deny a group of people their basic human rights. But I also acknowledge that that happens many places in the world, but we don’t give other places 10 milling dollars a day in our tax dollars.
So that being said, I feel like going to Ghaza is something that I can do, so I need to do it. So that is why I am going with a group called Washington’s Physicians for Social Responsibility. It will be my first medical mission with them so I’m really excited.