So I was actually born in the U.S., in San Diego, and moved to Israel when I was five and a half-ish, and I’ve lived in Jerusalem ever since, in the same neighborhood, in the same house for about 11 years.
I live in the neighborhood of Beit Hakerem. There’s mostly Jews in the neighborhood; I’ve seen Arabs once or twice. I did hear about the conflict day to day, but in school, it wasn’t really something that was talked about by my classmates in a good light for the Arabs, it was usually like stigmas and everything. But when I got to PeacePlayers, I started learning about the different sides, and how [the conflict] affects Arab’s lives, like how it affects their home life, their life with friends, and if they have other beliefs it’s dangerous to have them or it’s scary. And it’s hard to stand up for other people in the conflict for the different side.
When I’m not in PeacePlayers or at school, I like to hang out with friends, bake with them, or go on hikes or to the beach. I like to read books; I’m a bookworm usually, and and I wrote a short story, starting about like a murder mystery.