To the Editor: I am an undergraduate student at Penn and am taking a leave of absence for the year in Israel. Since arriving earlier this month, I have felt the ripple effect of the current situation here in many ways. Along with most of the other people in the country, I have been checking the news on an hourly basis, and my mood shifts with each new story. Having spent the last few years in the comfort of America, I had forgotten how intense life can be here. I also noticed a large shift in my own views on the peace process from a stubborn right wing supporter, to a relative leftist over the past few years. I have not arrived in an easy situation, and because of that, my feelings are in a constant flux. However, the message I wish to send to the Penn community is one of peace. It pains me to see any violence, regardless of who is the victim. There is no solution in violence. I applaud the work of the Penn students who have come together to discuss the situation, as I feel the first step must be one of mutual understanding and respect. I hope these efforts are continued, and that these students can try to break down the barriers that seem to separate us. We are all humans, and until a level of mutual respect is achieved, no progress can be made. So as I walk the streets of Jerusalem, with a T-shirt reading Shalom (Peace), I hope my brothers and sisters throughout the world can do their best in this pursuit. Shalom Aleichem. Asalam Alechem. May peace be with you.
Nati Passow College '02Comments powered by Disqus
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