THE POWER OF WORDS
Callie Weston (El Paso, Texas)
During our trip, all who spoke to us chose their words deliberately and explained why they selected one word over another. It had its effect. Those of us who previously referred to a "security fence" soon shifted to refer to such a barrier as an "apartheid fence."
Here, in no particular order, are the words that were new to me:
Other words surfaced during group orientation, as well as when processing our experiences, analyzing our own interactions with each other and thinking how we will share observations for action and strategize with the community. Here are some of those:
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And while reading the Washington Post I realized how slippery the word "normalize" is. Normal for Israel is domination through colonization and abuse; for Palestine it is self-determination, justice and human dignity.
These are only my words. Every member of the delegation probably has their own words or phrases that opened a deeper understanding of themselves and the struggle for human dignity we were witnessing. The very word "Palestine" now has a richer more nuanced meaning than I could ever have anticipated.