...reflections from a Compassionate Listener

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chickpea Warrior - Reporting from the Middle East

My 20th anniversary delegation to Israel and Palestine is coming up, May 25th - June 5th (twenty years, and 25 delegations). My plan is to blog from the trip for the first time. I hope to be able to share some of our daily experiences in a meaningful way. (I'm staying on after the delegation to teach Compassionate Listening and will do my best to continue the blog.)

But back to the "Chickpea Warrior" part - you might be wondering about that. So here's a little story: Danaan Parry, co-founder of the Earthstewards Network, organized our first delegation to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza in 1990. It was just before the first Gulf War, and Israeli citizens were lining up to receive their gas masks and making sealed rooms in the their homes to prepare for possible chemical/biological missiles from Iraq. Tourists were almost entirely gone by the time we arrived in November.