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  • Writer's pictureSara Sharpe

In light of the Hamas attack on Israel

Updated: Oct 29, 2023


Friend.


I’m not writing much lately, forgive me. My husband and I have started a new business, and, as it turns out, starting a new business is time-consuming. But it seems necessary to weigh in briefly following the surprise Hamas attack on Israel last week. Few issues carve the ideological and religious divide more deeply than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and bridging that divide - or trying to - is our stated purpose, right?


How, then, to respond to unfathomable horror on the one hand and the out-of-control toxicity now permeating my social media feed (and, likely, yours) on the other?


With, I would argue, a great deal of humility, much more listening than talking, and an absolute refusal to join in the social media frenzy.


I think, friend, we would do well to sit with the pain of this moment. To grieve the loss of innocent lives – both Israeli and Palestinian. Silence is our friend now. There will be plenty of time for writing and talking in the coming days.


Love,

Sara


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