The opinions expressed by students do not represent the views of Ramallah Friends School (FBS) and Friends United Meeting.
Tolerance

Are the people in your country free to practice any religion without fear? – Spiros (Athens, Greece)

Religious intolerance is not that notable in Palestine, but people feel it in themselves. Orthodox and Catholic Christians sometimes fear to practice their traditions at the same time as a Muslim holiday. Muslims in Palestine are of course more numerous than Christians. Some heterodox groups in Palestine such as Jehovah’s Witnesses are not accepted by other Christians and Muslims to practice the Bible teaching and preaching. The religious fear and intolerance in Palestine is not that visible, but is like a time-bomb that will explode soon!
By Saher

I think people are free to practice any religion here in Palestine because Christians and Muslims live here without troubles. Christians can go to churches to pray and worship, and Muslims can go to mosques to pray and worship, and each in his own ways.
By Tarik

Palestine is a country of equality. All Palestinians are equal no matter how they look, or what they believe in. There are two main religions in Palestine. Islam is the religion embraced by the majority, and Christianity is embraced by the minority. There are no other religions in Palestine. However, foreign tourists that follow different religions are accepted and welcomed in Palestine. Christians and Muslims in Palestine are also free to practice their religion by all means.
By Lena

People here in Palestine are free to practice their religion without fear. Ramallah specifically contains many mosques and many churches. Moslems can go to the mosque to pray; in addition they wear their religious suits in streets, like the hijab for girls. Christians can also go to pray in their churches and wear whatever they want. Each religion can celebrate their holidays joyfully and freely. People from other religions mostly join them in celebrating. You can see the streets of Ramallah decorated in every holiday whether it is a Christian holiday or Muslim holiday. That shows how much the Palestinian relations between others are very tight, they share with each other their sorrows and joy.
By Mona

I was shocked the other day when I watched the documentary about Christians and Muslims who are being tortured and forbidden from practicing their religious believes in China. Luckily enough, I am living in a country where people have full freedom in practicing their religion. Palestine is the origin of the three main religions, which are Christianity, Islam, and the Jewish religion. I can never think about any nation that can’t practice religion freely. I believe that the world should stand up to change that law in China, so people will have the freedom of practicing their religion.
By Nicole

For me I think that in my country we are free to choose the religion that we want. You may have some problems from your parents. If your parents were religiously intolerant they will maybe forbid you to do that. If you get in your foe’s religion maybe your nationalism will hate you or ill treat you. You free to practice the religion that you want but you may face some problems.
By Khaled

Yes, people in my country are free to practice any religion without fear. In my country there are the three major religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. You can find the main holy places for the three religions here. People come from all over the world to visit these holy places. The conflict in my country is because of its famous holy places.
By Atallah

In my country, Palestine, people have the freedom to practice the religion they want without any fear. Each person believes in different things than the other. Also, the people have different ways of praying or loving god, so each one has freedom to practice any religion in the way he wants. Most Palestinians have faith in god, but they have different ways for praying and thanking god about everything he gave to us.
By Saja

Religion here plays a big role. We live with Moslems here without any fear. Everybody here are like brothers and sisters and there is no difference between us. Some Moslems marry Christians if both of their parents agree. Not all the parents agree, but a few of them agree. If a Christian was married to a Moslem without permission from the parents, many fights happen.
By Nihad

In a country like Palestine, of course, we’re not allowed. Muslims can’t practice other religions because it’s wrong for them. Christians want to stay in touch with their religion in a country that we’re a minority in. As a Christian, I won’t be allowed to be in another religion other than the one I am in now. It doesn’t matter if other religions tell me to be like them whether it’s Islam, Jewish, Hindus, and Buddhist. Actually, I’m not a religious person at all and I’m not planning to be but my advice to others is to stay in their religion, so they won’t fall into trouble.
By Hagop

People used to practice their religion without any fear. However, since Palestine is under the Israeli occupation, Israeli soldiers forbid people from practicing their religion freely. Muslims and Christians can't go to church or the mosque because of the Israeli checkpoints. Moreover, the Israeli soldiers keep humiliating us at checkpoints because they think that eventually we will stop practicing our religion.
By Nour

Of course they are. People really don’t care what your religion is. They really care about your morals and personality, and, of course, your loyalty to your homeland.
By Hikmat

Of course, people in my country are free to practice any religion without fear. There are Muslims and Christians here in Palestine and each of them go either to the mosque, which is for Muslims, to the church, which is for Christians. Muslims and Christians have their own holidays and each have their own religious beliefs. No one in our country interferes with other people's religions. Everyone has the freedom of religion and the right to practice their religion freely.
By Lina

Both Muslims and Christians live here in Palestine, sharing their lives together. They are free to practice their religion whenever they want and wherever they want. Muslims go to pray in mosques and wear the Islamic Hijab, which is for women. Christians go to churches to pray and wear whatever they want to. The relation between Muslims and Christians is very good and strong. They share their sadness and happiness.
By Ameed

Have you personally ever experienced religious intolerance? – Constantinos (Athens, Greece)

No, I haven’t ever experienced real religious intolerance, but I face some criticism. I am a Christian, and I have never experienced intolerance from a Muslim; I received respect instead. I receive some criticism from other Christians who think that I am affected by Jehovah’s Witnesses’ teaching, although they only teach the Bible and nothing else. I think that I might receive religious intolerance even from other Christians, because Jesus said that we will be oppressed because of his name and the truth. If I experience the religious intolerance, I will not be sad or affected, as it is a usual thing to happen.
By Saher

In my life I have never personally experienced religious intolerance because in my country we live in a democracy. Moreover, there is not a lot of religious intolerance or in other words, we are far away from our religion. For example, in my religion, which is Moslem, some people pray in a mosque or in their home. Others do not pay attention to their religion. We live with each other normally without racism.
By Khaled

How do you feel towards people who don’t follow the same religion? – Stefan, Nicolas, and Victoria (MALTA)

I don’t judge the person by his religion, but by his personality and behavior. I feel towards people who don’t follow my religion the same as those who do follow my religion, because I never judge a person by his religion. The biggest example that I don't care about a person’s religion is that my best friend is Christian while I'm Moslem.
By Lama

I don’t have anything against people who don’t have my same religion, but I have faith that my religion is the best. This faith comes from a direct evidence and experience, which is the Holy Scripture. I don’t practice or have any religious intolerance toward other religions. I respect followers of any other religion as having the freedom of religion. Although I respect them, I am to preach to them with the Holy Bible. (Mat 28:19, 20)
By Saher

My way of thinking about people who don’t follow the same religion is that they should follow the religion they want, because they are people like me and have their own way of thinking. And I hope everybody thinks the way I think so we all can live peacefully in our peaceful land.
By Tarik

Palestine is a democratic country and you can practice any religion in Palestine; I am a Muslim but my best friend is Christian. You can practice Islam, Christianity, and Judaism and there are people that do not believe in God at all. About marriages, it is ok; we have a close relative that married a Christian.
By Samer

When I was a little girl, I used to hate people that were from other religions. Nevertheless, as I grew older, I realized that they are just like me. We both pray to the same God. We only pray in a different way. Many times you can learn stuff from other religions, which are not in your religion. In conclusion, I think I learned to never judge a book by its cover.
By Nicole

I don’t take religion as a condition for being a friend with someone. In our society, this is a kind of prejudice or discrimination. I'm a Muslim, and my best friend is a Christian. We don’t talk about religion and we've been friends since we were eight years old. I prefer being a friend with someone who doesn’t look at my religion. I like my Christian friends a lot, and I think they feel the same way. To be honest, I've never had a Jewish friend due to our political situation.
By Amro

I respect and love all the people who have a different religion than me because all the religions talk and believe in the same things. I have many friends that I love and respect though they have different religions.
By Saja

I feel that my friends from another religion are my brothers and sisters. In our society, there is no difference between Muslims and Christians, and all of them are like a family in our country. Also, I don’t like how many people in Europe feel towards Islam and that they think that all the Muslims are terrorists. This is a wrong idea.
By Ahmad

I'm a Christian and I live with Moslems here in Ramallah. Ramallah and many other Palestinian cities are mixed with both Islamic and Christian religions. My best friend is Moslem and he's like my brother. We’ve lived here with each other since we were born. Many Moslems are better friends to me than some Christians. I feel toward Moslems the same as I feel toward Christians.
By Nihad

Religion plays a big role in Palestine, especially Islam, but I respect all religion because they mostly don’t plan on doing something bad to us Christians. Lots of Islams here don’t like Christians. No one knows why. Some say that this land is meant for Muslims. Some say Christian religion isn’t true and stuff like that. But I always feel good for them and wish them the best. Also, because few of my best friends are Muslims and we love each other like brothers and religion can never tear us apart.
By Hagop

In my opinion, people are all the same and should not be classified according to their religion. After all, we are all humans and must have the same rights. Therefore, if someone doesn’t follow my religion I don’t have a problem with that as long as he/she respects my religion.
By Nour

It's really ok with me. I don’t have any problem with them. The only thing I care about is their personality.
By Hikmat

I don’t tend to build my friendships based on religion. Moreover, religion doesn’t take a role in my life or my relationships. I don’t judge anyone according to religion or faith. People are free to choose their religion or faith without any restrictions. While I disagree with the interpretations of religion to human or natural activities, I respect the views of those who adopt them. So, I really don’t have a problem in that area.
By Ahmad

We don’t care about the type of religion a person is practicing. It doesn't matter what kind of religion you are following. Religion is not a problem for us to deal with. For me, I feel normal toward people who don’t follow the same religion I follow. I don’t even think of them religiously. Actually, it won't make a difference to me if they are a Muslim or a Christian. It won’t stop me from talking to them.
By Lina

In Palestine the Christians and Muslims have a very good and nice relationship that they gained from their grandfathers from many years ago. I, as a Muslim, have very great and nice feelings towards Christians because I believe that we are all equal in this life and all the religions are from god.
By Ameed

Up to what point do you tolerate religions different than your own? Are there any that you will not tolerate? – Cata (Mexico City)

I do believe that every person has the right to think and behave the way he likes, without hurting anyone else. Therefore I respect any religion even though I don’t believe in my own. I respect every single person and his own thoughts and ideas even if I don’t agree with them. Life created many kinds of people. To live a happy life you must be able to communicate and accept the people around you no matter how much different they are from you.
By Yasmeen

People in this world must appreciate and respect others. Poor, black, and people who have different religions are all human beings that should be treated equally. In our religion we believe in the existence of other religions, which allows me to tolerate them. People have the right to choose whatever they want. If I want my religion to be tolerated then I must tolerate other religions. Therefore, I tolerate religions through the entire world, but I don't tolerate people who try to use any religion for some political issue.
By Joy

Religious expressions are allowed in Palestine but there are some limits. This expression shouldn't be insulting to the religion. In my country the law is very weak. If it was strong it would punish people for bad expressions. The minority religions are allowed the same rights as the major religion. If you're in Palestine it would be hard for you to differentiate between the religions of people.
By Abbas

Is absolute tolerance of religious differences possible? – Adam (Athens, Greece)

The religious expression in our country is respected and protected. The government takes good care of the minority community in Palestine, which mainly is the Palestinian Christian community. There are many villages in Palestine that consist of Islamic and Christian people that live side by side as neighbors and even families. The mayor of Ramallah city is a Christian woman who respects Muslims and treats everyone equally. I go to a Christian Quaker school although I am a Muslim. We are all friends in my school—Muslims and Christians—and we really love each other. After all, in every society you will also find some racist people who make differences the reason to discriminate between people by their religions, and judge people by their religion.
By Tala

Everything is possible. Yes, tolerance of religious differences is possible. In every religion there are different people with different ideas, beliefs. Some are open-minded, others are not. If in every religion there are tolerance differences, then what do you think about all religions?
By Rand

Absolute tolerance of religious differences is very possible in Palestine, depending on the area. To have a mind that would be able to accept and understand new ideas, you need to put that person in a position where they actually have to deal with people who have different beliefs. So, if you take a person from the city, what you’d become aware of is that they’re more open-minded about new ideas than the people from the a village, for example.
By Sami

Yes, in my opinion, all religions have things in common. This means there is a big chance of tolerance and acceptance of religions, as long as no one forces his/her beliefs on others. Tolerance of religions is not something hard to practice if everyone respects other's principles and beliefs.

Tolerance differs from one society or community to another depending on their upbringing and social system. Before the state of Israel was established decades ago, Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived peacefully with each other. They did not face any difficulties accepting differences of religions and had been friends for thousands of years.

Unfortunately, religion has been used for political and economic interests and, therefore, created some violent and uncivilized wars. On the other hand, there are many countries that have many people from different religions who live together and enjoy learning new ways of looking at spiritual aspects of human life like in the USA or Europe, before making religion political. I believe that religions can live in absolute tolerance if we raise our children to appreciate and respect differences.
By Taleen

Absolute tolerance of religious differences is very possible in Palestine depending on the areas. To have a mind that would be able to accept and understand new ideas you need to put that person in a position where they actually have to deal with people who have different beliefs. You’ll find that a person from the city is more open minded about new ideas than people from a village.
By Reem

Absolute tolerance of anything is hard. The religious difference in Palestine is a very sensitive issue. Any comment could trigger a big disagreement. The best way to deal with it is with respect. I think that tolerating a difference begins with respecting it and appreciating the other. Absolute tolerance is hard, but doable. I believe if there is appreciation and respect, absolute tolerance is possible.
By Juman

How do you view people who don’t believe in God – Ashley Ramo (California, USA)

I respect humans ignoring their religious backgrounds. I look at people who don’t believe in God as other ordinary people. Different religious backgrounds don’t change my view of humans because I think that the most important thing is a human’s values and how they respect others.
By Ahmad

Of course there are many people whom I know personally that don’t believe in God. Their interpretations of all natural or human activities are based on evidence and facts, and not superstitious beliefs. And let me assure you that they’re just as human as you or anyone can be.

Unfortunately, Palestine is not yet a place where anyone can express his or her views on God openly, which is the case in many places of the world. I hope that one day we’ll be a free Palestine, where religion has no role in our daily lives.
By Ahmad M

Everyone has their beliefs and thoughts and their own opinion. So if I believe in something, this is my opinion and no one can force me to change it. I agree with the right that everybody has the freedom to do and to say whatever they want to say without thinking of what people are going to say about me.
By Kamilia

Every person has the opportunity to choose his own religion. Some people are Muslims, while others are Christians or Jewish. Some of the remaining people don’t believe in any of these religious, so they don’t believe in God. In my opinion, all the people are equal, so all have to be treated the same way. When a person doesn’t believe in God, my way of treating him will be different because every one of us will have his own thoughts and opinions according to his religion, so there will be no contact between us.
By Janan

Every single person has his/her own beliefs. People who don’t believe in God are totally free to believe that God doesn’t exist. I never looked at these people in a different way, and I never will. I don’t judge people because of their beliefs or religion. I judge a person for his/her character, personality, and inner beauty.
By Monica

The belief of God is actually a personal issue. Every person is free to say and establish his own belief. I'll never view these people in a bad way. I'll view them normally, but at the same time, I'll try to convince them about the idea of the existence of God. And step-by-step, I'm sure that something from inside them will change.
By Sami

Religion depends on believing in God. But not all people believe in him. Those people, in my opinion, are as normal as any other person who believes in God. I respect them, their opinions, and ideas. It doesn't matter what religion you are or if you believe in God or not, because religion shouldn't control your life.
By Danah

I view people who don’t believe in God the same as I view people who believe in God. It's none of my business if they believe in God or if they don’t; I'll be glad to meet them, and share each other’s beliefs, I don’t mind. I treat everyone the same, I never look at what religion they belong to, because no one chose to be what they are. If everyone chose what they wanted to be, we would've all been perfect.
By Rand

Every one should have a faith in something but even people who don’t believe in god believe in something else like karma and internal life. They also believe that there are some other powers in this world, not just god. I’m not a judge so I can’t judge any one because it’s not my business, but I can express my point of view. I can either agree or disagree with them
By Lina

I think that nobody must speak about the people that don’t believe in God because it’s their religion and it’s their life. Believing in God or disbelieving returns to the person himself. In my opinion, you must be sure about the existence of God to believe in him. You also must be sure about the non-existence of God to not believe in him. Lastly, I want to say that my religion says that there is a God and he’s everywhere. The believing and disbelieving thing depends on you.
By Basil

Believing in god is when someone can follow his rules. I think in these days no one can follow every single rule because life is changing all the time. No one can follow those strict rules as they are written the way he wants. It's so hard for everyone. Seeking for the true faith can separate someone from others. I like to leave every person alone without disturbing his life. I mean that I don’t object to those who cannot believe in god. Every person has his own excuses to not believe in him. Maybe they are not sure of his appearance or they don’t read about him .
By Marian

I view people who don’t believe in god like anyone else. If the person doesn’t believe in god this is his\her opinion and he\she is free to do anything. If the person who doesn’t believe in god respects me, I will respect him. There is nothing to do to change his\her beliefs. The person has his own beliefs.
By Bashar

You can't judge anyone about what he believes because it’s not who they are. I have friends who don’t believe in god but they are my friends because they are good people, not because they don’t believe in god. People have different views and ways of thinking. We have to accept that because we have our own way of thinking. Why don’t you ask people who don’t believe in god the same question? It would be nice.
By Ahmad

I always feel curious when I meet a person that doesn't believe in god. For me, I've always had God to turn to when I'm scared, sick, or just sad. So when I meet somebody who doesn't believe that it just intrigues me—not in a negative way. On the contrary, it interests me and so I feel like learning more of how they view and explain the different aspects of life.
By Reem

In my normal life I have a lot of friends who follow different religions from me. Of course, I love and respect them because they are good people who support me always. I think that all the religions talk about the same things that we believe in because they come from the same God. As I said before, I love and respect all the people that follow different religions and I have many friends who aren’t Muslim as I am. I support them always and they help me in everything I need help in.
By Ameed

People’s beliefs differ from each other. Some believe that there is a God. Some do not. Some may say there is an afterlife. Some may not. I respect each person who stands up for his opinion no matter what it is. Not believing in God is a personal choice. It does not affect my view towards people.
By Juman

What is your opinion of people that do not make religious affiliations? – Anthony Schifano (California, USA)

In my opinion, people who do not have religious affiliations are also trying to find the true religion. Some of them find it as they follow the Holy Bible, while others do not find it because they don’t want to or can’t reach it, and the last ones may join any religion according to their perception of it as a true religion. The ones who continue in their opinion and remain without a real religion, are considered to not have true faith as far as knowing if God is really there. I think that each and every one of these people should try to find the real religion based on evidences and clues. Finding the truth and the real religion is really a great feeling to have.
By Saher

I think that religion is very important in a person's life. People who don’t believe in God's existence are like a people with no purpose in their life. I don’t pray every day, but I try to commit to praying as much as I can. In my opinion, faith is what makes a person's personality and life. I have my beliefs and I think that they make up my character and behavior, and develop it for the better.
By Amro

Do you know people who don’t believe in any god? Are they free to openly express their views in Palestine? – Filip, Ksenia, and Gaby (MALTA)

Some people believe in God, but without believing in many ideas that religion came with. Others don’t believe in God. These people are free to express their thoughts and beliefs safely. Here in Palestine we also have freedom of religion, which states that each person can believe in anything he wants and do whatever he thinks its right. Most of the people here in Palestine believe in God, and as a proof of that: the churches and mosques that are found in Ramalah alone.
By Mona

Other than myself I know many people who don’t believe in any God. My close friend who is actually a Muslim does not believe in God. Unfortunately, people who don’t believe in God are afraid to openly express their views since the country is dependent on religion.
By Bakr

People who don’t believe in God are increasing these days, and I am meeting more and more of them. As it says in the Bible (1 Ti 4:1), “However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time, some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterance and teaching of demons.” This is going on right now! Most of my friends are leaving religion to believe the teaching of demons and scientific, not logical, explanations. Those people are free to express their views in some places, while not in others. I think that these people, with no faith, are the subject that the Bible talks about, and so we should know that we are facing the last periods of time.
By Saher

Yes, I do know people who don’t believe in God. They don’t believe in his existence, or anything he did; they believe that if God made this world, then something must have created God, or it’s not logical to them. About expressing themselves, people around here in Palestine, mostly Muslims, don’t like people who don’t believe in God, so it’s hard for them to express, so the answer for the question “what’s you religion?” is that I only believe in God, and don’t believe in religions.
By Hagop

Some of my friends don’t believe in God's existence, and they were born as Muslims. They will not go out in the street and say that they are atheists because they wouldn’t be welcomed. They can tell their close friends whom they trust, and they can try convincing others in their beliefs secretly. Personally, I don’t support people with no faith or God, but I can't do anything because this is their life. They are free what to do in it, but I think that they should look more to the future, and try to think better.
By Amro

Living in Palestine many people stopped believing in God. I have a Goth friend who stopped believing in God when her father died. I never judge her, but she did make me wonder where God is when we suffer. The Palestinian population never judges a book by its cover. Moreover, anyone has the freedom to do what he or she wants to do. Goth people can openly discuss their views anywhere, and anytime.
By Nicole

How free is religious expression in your country? Are minority religions allowed the same rights and privileges? Should they be? – John (Athens, Greece)

For every religion there are some expressions, which are going to say everything it wants without touching the other religions. I think that the minority religions have the same rights, and I’m saying that because I’m involved in one of the minority religions. I’m not seeing any difference between us and the other religions. We are like brothers, and maybe I have Moslems friends more than the Christians.
By Seif

In my country, Palestine, there are two religions: Islam, which is the majority, and Christianity, which is the minority. Muslims here celebrate their holidays and special days, so do Christians. Muslims and Christians are allowed to celebrate their holidays freely, without being made uncomfortable by people or the government. Even though just 5% of the Palestinian people are Christians, there’s no discomfort for them, and they have the same rights as Muslims. This is a good thing because in the end we’re all Palestinians and humans, so we should treated the same way, no matter what our thoughts.
By Ahmad

The people in Palestine consist of Moslems & Christians. Palestine is considered an Islamic state because Moslems make up about 97% of the people. Christians are considered a minority. Whether you’re a Christian or a Moslem you have absolute freedom for expressing your religion in any way you want as long as you don’t bother or disturb the people around you. Of course, expressing your religion does not mean, and does not allow, you to cause any violation of the other religions or other people. I think that people should get equal rights, no matter how different they are or what religion they believe in.
By Pillar

How do you view non-Israeli Jews? – Rachel Hawes (Calvin College, USA)

In my life I have come across lots of non-Israeli Jews, and it tends to be hard to separate them from the inhuman Israelis and to think of them as people. All the non-Israeli Jews that I've met were Americans, so I would try hard to view them as human beings and not as Israelis, but every time I succeed at doing that they fail me by letting me know somehow that they're pro-Israelis . After all, it's all the same to us; a non-Israeli Jew who supports Israel is the same as an Israeli.
By Reem

I respect non-Israeli Jews; they are human beings as I am but with a different religion. I know Israeli Jews, and I have lots of them as my friends. Palestinians should respect Jews as human beings and for their religion. If anyone has a wrong idea about Arab Muslims, he should ask himself this question: “How do you view non-Arab Muslims?”
By Bakr

I view the non-Israeli Jews as I view any other person. I think that they have no responsibility for what the Israeli Jews do to us. They are like us. So I will follow my religion’s values and treat them as if they were my friends.
By Janan

A non-Israeli Jew is exactly like a Buddhist person. Being Jewish is exactly like being Christian. It is a personal belief, and a person should not be judged according to his private approach. The non-Israeli Jew could be an American, Indian, French, German, British, Australian, African, and any other nationality. I view them as human beings and I respect them for who they are.
By Juman

I view non-Israeli Jews like any other people. There is nothing I have against any person who doesn’t attempt to take away my rights. Everyone who respects me I will also respect. This has nothing to do with his\her religion. In my opinion the non-Israeli Jews tend to support the Israelis.
By Bashar

Jews are of two types, first Israeli Jews, the second non-Israeli Jews. In my opinion, Jews, Israeli or non-Israeli, have the same thoughts, come from the same backgrounds. They support Israel even if they're not aware of it, and that’s enough to hate them. And I will never want to be a friend with a Jew.
By Danah

Judaism is a religion like any other religion, so why shouldn’t we respect them? Maybe what they’re doing is disgusting and indescribable, but what do other Jews have to do with it? Maybe they’re against it, and those are the Jews I respect like an Arab friend, like a close friend that I know for a long time. I also know some Israeli Jews, and they’re my friends, not because they’re against what’s happening, because they don’t know what’s going on around them, which gives us a chance to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong, and convince them to say it as Israelis.
By Hagop

I don't have anything against Jews. As a Muslim, I am taught to respect all people from all religions. Our problems with Israelis are not caused by religion. I respect all non-Israeli Jews because they have nothing to do with our situation in Palestine. Christians, Muslims, and Jews have similar beliefs. Therefore, problems between people in Palestine and other places should not be considered religious.
By Lena

I think that all Jews are the same. Maybe my thinking is wrong but I see this from the Jews’ bad history. First, for many years they treated Jesus badly; second, they betrayed many treaties made with Mohammed the prophet; and third, they make many bad things in many countries; and the last reason is Palestine, which is until now under the Israeli occupation.
By Ameed

For me, people are all the same. I try not to see a particular person differently. It feels better not to. Some Israelis are good people and they tend to have peace and some just want what’s left from Palestine to turn into Israel. Judaism is a religion. As there’s Christianity and Islam there also is Judaism. So I don’t view non-Israeli Jews differently. Because after all we’re all people and we belong to one God even though it’s not religion. God is the one who created us and wants us to be equal.
By Monica

I view non-Israeli Jews as humans who ought to be respected. Jews are people who follow Judaism. These people are similar to Christians and Muslims. I personally respect, care, and share with Jews, because I respect people with different religions. However, there is a big difference between non-Israeli Jews and Israeli Jews; this is because the Israeli Jews belong to the country Israel, which is in occupation in Palestine, my country. As for non-Israeli Jews, they are people with different nationalities who do not belong to the Israeli country. Finally, I would like to say that Israeli Jews are people who should be respected.
By Lana

I have an extremely positive view on non-Israeli Jews. Every person is innocent until proven guilty and non-Israeli Jews haven’t been proven guilty. As a matter of fact many non-Israeli Jews have been known to help Muslims in their time on need. Any person who is willing to go against their society and stand up for what is right is not only in my eyes a good person, but also a hero. I would hate for a person to think that I would abhor them because of their religion and not their morals.
By Atheer

I have nothing against non-Israeli Jews. For example, I'm a very big fan of Adam Sandler, who is a non- Israeli Jew, but I'm against anybody who supports Israel, because they are supporting killing kids and innocent people.
By Ahmad

I have no problems with them, as they are humans like me and everybody, because people shouldn’t be judged according to their religion. Nevertheless, I do have problem with Israeli Jews, as they should take responsibility for their governmental foolishness and mistakes.
By Salman

I respect every non-Israeli Jew if he doesn't support the Israeli state in Palestine. I respect him more then Arabs in all the surrounding countries. That is because he could have good living conditions if he lives in Israel. But he chooses the other possibility which is much harder for him to take.
By Yazeed

I look at the non-Israeli Jews in a normal way, as human beings. Actually, some of the Jews are good; they treat you nicely to some point, they smile in your face. They are different from Israeli Jews.
By Kamilia


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