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Meeting to never see each other

Updated on December 6, 2015

Is it really the hat I will feel closure to when I can’t see him? Do we have to continue a fight that has been going on for many years? Why does our generation have to continue a feud which our grandparents started? I am a 15 year old girl, born in Germany with true Aryan blood.

I live in Dubai and go to an amazing school, Dubai American Academy (DAA), that gave me the opportunity to travel to London for a Theater Workshop by an organization called Theatre arts Programme Symposium (TaPS). Schools from all over the world join in this program so it gives us students the chance to meet new people with the same interests as you and work together with more experienced adults who could have a great influence on your future. TaPS was held in London, England this year (2013) and during those three days I met someone from Israel.

This couldn’t probably get any worse. Since he is Israeli, he is not allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and I’m not allowed to go to Israel because I am not allowed to return to the UAE if I get a stamp from Israel. Lucky for me, he doesn’t live in Israel anymore but in Ghana so it is easy for me to visit him without getting banned from the UAE. So the only way we could ever meet is if I would fly to Ghana.

If you are not aware of this conflict, I have summarised it here for you:

The feud started because the Qur’an and the Hebrew Scriptures contradicted each other. The Qur’an stated that Abraham’s son Ishmael, who is represented by the UAE, was almost sacrificed to the Lord, and the Hebrew Scriptures stated that Abraham’s son Isaac, represented by Israel, was sacrificed. As the UAE does not officially recognise Israel, Israeli passport-holders cannot legally enter the UAE. Restrictions were tightened against the entry of Israeli citizens following Mahbouh's assassination in Dubai, blamed on Israeli intelligence. Jews bought land and started building up the Jewish community there. The Zionists were forced to defend themselves and, in one form or another, this same situation continues up to today. But why should this affect the way we see people?

Sure, I'm German. In World War 2 we weren't too nice to the Jews either; but I didn't care when I met him. The countries past should not affect the way we treat others. My generation has nothing to do with what happened in the past. All we know about what happened, we get from secondary sources and we keep reading those until they stick in our minds and we carry this hate to the other country on for years and years to come. But we cannot keep on hating something we have never experienced ourselves, and I do not want a hat to be a reminder of someone I was never allowed to see for 4 years.

I wore the hat to bed, when I woke up, until I went back to bed again. We have to put an end to this feud. We are all just human. What is it good for anyway? Can two middle aged kids change the view of these two countries? Probably not, but it is worth a try.


It has now been 3 years since we have seen each other. We are so thankful for social media because that is the only thing that is keeping us close. Next year when we are both in University, we can finally see each other again. I don’t think we are the only ones out there, friends who met in a completely random country but could never see each other after that.

This is my first step to a better, more peaceful world. What is yours?



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      2 years ago from london

      God knows why, I tend to like the aspiring young, and I strive to share my 33 years of prayer, of meditation; of sitting at the feet of one of the most remarkable men of the 21st Century. My writing could easily be taken another way. I am so happy that you saw it in the affirmative. God bless you, young journalist. I hope you both have a great Christmas of your own equivalent season. Much Love.

    • Young Journalist profile imageAUTHOR

      Young Journalist 

      2 years ago

      Thank you very much for this lovely extensive comment! Thank you for sharing. This feedback means a lot to me, manatita44

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      2 years ago from london

      First, you write with passion and Conscience. I like that. This is a great step forward. When you wonder if two middle-aged kids can change the views of two countries, you're on the right track. You Can!

      The way I know of is the way of Christ, Rama, Buddha ...millions have been affected by their lives, and they all spoke of Love, Compassion, looking within ..

      You ask what is my step? Love. to do this I work on my Ego, fear, lust, anger, attachments, insecurity, greed ...and silent prayer/meditation. Then I serve mankind as dictated by His Grace and Will.

      When the farmer wants a good harvest, he tills the soil, waters the roots, uses manure, works in collaboration with the seasons; the rain and sun, then he eventuially gets a bumper crop. The Source is always first. So many wise men have tried to tell us. Here is a look at Bulleh Shah:

      "You have learnt so much

      And read a thousand books.

      Have you ever read your Self?

      You have gone to mosque and temple.

      Have you ever visited your soul?

      You are busy fighting Satan.

      Have you ever fought your

      Ill intentions?

      You have reached into the skies,

      But you have failed to reach

      What's in your heart! "

      Bulleh Shah

      I feel for you in your pain or conflict, but it is the Heart that is of most help. Indeed it simply serves. Who can help whom? Problems have existed from time immemorial. Let us strive to Love and watch as the Divine unfolds in its own beauty. Much Love, Young Journalist.

    • Young Journalist profile imageAUTHOR

      Young Journalist 

      2 years ago

      Yes I agree. However, we cannot look at people in a certain way just because society pushed a lens under our face to make us look at all the flaws and bad history of an individual. I mean, that individual probably had nothing to do with what happened.

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      2 years ago

      Since you are not living in Germany or who else in his born country, everybody have to adopt to the situation where we live. We can not change someone's "home" cause it's not our home.


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