Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quote of the Week

Context: Two boys are out shepherding sheep in the South Hebron hills of Palestine. The flock is in a large valley (privately owned Palestinian land), on one side of the valley are cow barns, on the other side of the valley are chicken barns. Both the chicken and cow barns are run by Israeli settlers. All of the sudden an Israeli army hummer starts coming down the valley. The boys start running with their flocks because they were arrested just two weeks ago for grazing their sheep. The hummer chases the boys for some time, the soldiers often getting out of the vehicle and imploring the boys to come and talk with them.

Quote (from Palestinian shepherd): My God, that hummer is STRONG, strong like a donkey, it can go up and over big rocks, down in the valleys, and up on the hillsides. Strong like a donkey.

Commentary: Awesome. If only GM would have adopted this philosophy that donkeys are strong, maybe tax dollars wouldn't have been flushed down the toilet to prop up GM. If only the green movement talked about riding donkeys as a way of reducing your carbon footprint. If only there was a donkey company with a commercial that had the a strong, scruffy voice that told us about how tough and strong donkeys were, and then showed footage of donkeys and hummers traversing the same terrain. Maybe GM should start selling donkeys.

3 comments:

L said...

Hey Sam,

I stumbled into your blog via Marte Samuelstuen (a dear friend of a dear friend who also graduated from PLNU, Heidi Snow), and I just wanted to say that I so appreciate your the work you are doing and the writing you are sharing about it all. For a while now, I've been fascinated about the multiple dynamics at play in that region, and it's always so helpful to read about goings on from someone personally rooted in those communities.

Peace is certainly a beautiful enough thing to dedicate your life to, and I so admire you for that.

blessings,
elle

Beth said...

Sam,
I really love your perspective. Thank you for your keen, articulate observations and what you are doing with CPT there. I am grateful that Jesse will get to be there with you.
praying for you,
Beth

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