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In the Muslim world, this notion that somehow everything is the fault of the Israelis lacks balance – because there’s two sides to every question. That doesn’t mean that sometimes one side has done something wrong and should not be condemned. But it does mean there’s always two sides to an issue. I say the same thing to my Jewish friends, which is you have to see the perspective of the Palestinians. Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen.
Maybe certain aspects of what I was doing were reacting against what was happening or what people said, too. That’s something that happens when you’re starting out. After some time goes by and you get a little perspective, you realize that you don’t need to react. You can just carry on with what you’re doing. That took me a long time figure out; I’ve only gotten to that point in the last five or 10 years.
To conclude this discussion, assessment of justice demands engagement with the ‘eyes of mankind’,first, because we may variously identify with the others elsewhere and not just with our local community;second, because our choices and actions may affect the lives of others far as well as near;and third,because what they see from their respective perspective of history and geography may help us to overcome our own parochialism.