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Reflections

Kanafe in Golan

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:09 PM

It's all a point of view...


On the first leg of my trip last fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to make a short trip to the occupied Golan Heights.  While we were there, my host and I had kanafe at a street café in Majdel Shams, a Druze village in Golan. I love chocolate, BUT I would choose kanafe over chocolate any day. (I wonder if I can get a kanafe birthday "cake"?) My host was not impressed with the quality of the kanafe we were served and vowed to take me to a better place. The next day we went to a bakery in Nazareth and their kanafe passed his scrutiny. But, to be honest, I really did not taste much difference.Then last weekend I had kanafe in Dearborn. Oh goodness - that was great kanafe! (The family at Shatilla Bakery are from Nablus, the home of kanafe.) I wonder if my host would have agreed?


It's all a point of view;

It just matters where you stand....


At the border with Syria I ldid learn about how families seperated by the fence will use binoculars and megaphones to communicate back and forth. In the same area this spring, on May 15 and June 5 , Palestinian refugees attempted to cross from Syria. Many were killed and injured. I have photos of the spot where they crossed and it was strange to see the news coverage, showing tragedy in a place that holds such good memories for me. .


It's all a point of view;

It just matters where you stand...


Unfortunately, not knowing much about Golan, I wasn't prepared with the "right" questions while we were there. Now when I look back, I think of the questions I wish I had asked. I hope I will get another chance. 


Recent conversations about my hopes for the upcoming trip have turned to what it means to work for peace. Some say "peace begins with me" and believe that first they must focus on inner peace. Yes, it is important to be centered in peace, but if I wait for "inner peace" I might as well hang up the "marching shoes". Creating peace is an active pursuit. “It isn't enough to talk about peace, one must believe in it; and it isn't enough to believe in it, one must WORK at it." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


OR

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. ~Bishop Desmond Tutu


It's all a point of view;

It just matters where you stand...

and where you stand matters.


Let's talk about it over some kanafe and Nescafe...

 


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