There is no such thing as “All Arabs” and there is no such thing as “All Jews”

A while back, I dated a guy who once snarled at me “all you Jews think….”

I didn’t even let him finish the sentence because the minute I hear “all you Jews….” I shut it DOWN.
Because straight up, there is no such thing a “all you Jews think” or “all you Jews feel…” or “you Jews all…”
We are NOT monolithic.

There is no such thing as “All Jews.”

Guess who else isn’t monolithic?

The Arabs.

So PLEASE. Spare me “all Arabs think…” or “all Arabs feel….” or “the Arabs all….”

There is no such thing as “All Arabs.”

There are Jews.

And there are Arabs.

And the only thing we can categorically say is “all PEOPLE are made of flesh and bone.”

All PEOPLE have fears and hopes.

All PEOPLE are born. And all PEOPLE die.

And in that space in between PEOPLE live.

There are very bad people all over the world. Yes, there are Arab terrorists. (And yes, there are also Jewish terrorists.)

There are also very good people all over the world. And there are way more good people than there are bad people. There are healers, and teachers, and advocates, and leaders. There are people good people everywhere.

In Pisgat Ze’ev. In Baka. In Arnona. In Rehavia. In Sheikh Jarra. In Har Nof. In Suafat. In Abu Tor. In Silwan. In Talpiot. In Katamon. In Wadi Joz.

There is no such thing as “all Arabs” or “all Jews.”

No people are a monolith.

And the only way to know what A Jew or AN Arab think is to take the time to get to know someone and ask.

About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Times of Israel's New Media editor, lives in Israel with her two kids in a village next to rolling fields. Sarah likes taking pictures, climbing roofs, and talking to strangers. She is the author of the book Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered. Sarah is a work in progress.