A Jew among Christian Peacemakers, Part 5

Hope by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. EARLY IN OUR TRIP to Israel and Palestine, I came up with an imaginary drinking game. We’d take a shot every time someone said the word “hope.” Later, I determined that we’d have better luck if the magic word were “privilege.” In any event, given […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers, Part 4

Privilege by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. TOWARDS THE END of our time in Hebron, Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) staff member Mona sat us down for a session called “Undoing Oppression.” She joined our delegation leader Amy, who asked us a series of questions. We were told to give a gut-response and […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers, Part 3

In Hebron by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. THE NIGHT BEFORE the Christian Peacemaker Team interfaith delegation left Jerusalem for the West Bank, a late-arriving Philadelphia delegate was detained at Ben Gurion airport. You could say he was targeted for “davening while black.” I first met Wilbur in 1994, when I’d moved […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peace Makers, Part 2

Road Maps by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. August 3rd THE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKING TEAM has a standard Palestine itinerary. Delegates stay at the Palestinian-run Golden Gate Hostel, close to Damascus Gate in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, and our initial few days serve as a kind of orientation to perspectives […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers

Prologue: My Christian Problem by Simone Zelitch August 2nd I’M GOING TO HEBRON with an interfaith delegation of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) because my rabbi asked me. Linda Holtzman loves that sort of thing — working with Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Animists — and she’s consistently challenged the Jewish establishment’s positions on Israeli policy […]

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