I have a habit of generally trying to judge people favorably. Even though I live in a “rough” neighborhood in East Jerusalem. I always try to keep my American civility. I politely say, “good morning” to my neighbors and greet them, as I would anyone on the street.
Of course I don’t live in a fantasy world and am well aware of the hostility that surrounds me, but I assume that most people are good at heart and its only the rubble rousers that cause the trouble…and of course “trouble “is not foreign to us. On at least a weekly basis we are attacked. Usually something “minor” like a stoning or being shot at with fireworks. But sometimes the trouble makers get out of hand and destroy the Jewish gravestones in the cemetery or stab a Jew. But, what’s attempted murder between friends?
The question I have is, “how am I supposed to react when I hear the news that I heard this week?” The news that the Israeli GSS has arrested a neighbor of mine that joined ISIS and went to Syria (via Turkey) to be trained, before being sent back to “palestine”. How can I continue to trust a community that allows such an abomination to remain in their midst?
I don’t have the answer but to say that next time I walk down my street and see one of my Israeli Arab neighbors, I will think twice about their true intentions.