Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary (Broadway Books, October 1999) reflects on her recent trip to Israel
I am on the plane, heading home from Israel, and I feel compelled to share. My trip to Israel was inspiring and eye-opening. I did over 20 events on behalf of the US Embassy and 7 events for Palestinians in the West Bank (and Gaza) on behalf of the US Consulate General. All told, I worked in over a dozen cities, addressed thousands of people and hugged hundreds. I will never forget the faces, nor the stories they shared.
I was fortunate to present workshops at every major university, engage in difficult discussions with thought leaders, motivate high school students, ask and answers complex questions with NGO’s and banter with both Israelis and Palestinians–many of whom are talented teachers, intellectually curious students and passionate people who are hungry for peace. It is possible. (more…)