An American In Jerusalem

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Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick took a year off to live with her family in Israel and work on a book about the US Supreme Court.

Then the current conflict started.

She writes about her experience in a piece titled “I Didn’t Come Back to Jerusalem To Be in a War”:

One good lesson I am learning this week is to shut up and listen. Because the only way to cut through the mutual agony here is to find people who have solutions and to hear what they have to say. Bombing the other side into oblivion is no more a solution than counting your dead children in public. The best thing about shutting up and listening? You eventually lose the impulse to speak.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →