Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 4

Day 4: Hawwa
Age: 21
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Houston
Connection to me: None

Me: Can you only marry a Muslim man?
Hawwa: A woman can only marry a Muslim man, but a man can marry a Muslim, Jew or Christian because those religions are considered people of the book. 
Me: Do you speak Arabic?
Hawwa: I can read it and understand a bit.
Me: Have you been to the Middle East?
Hawwa: Not yet.
Me: Do people treat you differently here in America?
Hawwa: Not really, most people nowadays know about Islam, but often people have their own opinions about it, especially because of the media. 
Me: What do you think about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict?
Hawwa: I don't know, I know more Palestinians than Israelis. I know that the Palestinians were there first but the Israelis won the war and took all the land they wanted.
Me: Which war was that? What was it called?
Hawwa: There were several wars between Israel and Palestine but I don't know the names. Both sides haven't done what they are supposed to do. But the Palestinians definitely did what they are supposed to do.
Me: Doesn't it say in the Bible that G-d gave Israel to the Jews?
Hawwa: Muslims and Jews really value Jerusalem but the Israelis keep overstepping their boundaries. 
Me: It sounds complicated.
Hawwa: It is very complicated. A lot of the history is hidden, Jews are digging in the City of David now to prove that it is their land. They are encroaching on Palestinian territory.
Me: What about the suicide bombers?
Hawwa: They are out of their minds. I don't agree with anything that involves killing yourself or anybody else. G-d gave you life to live it.

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