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" Americans like to add the word 'super' when they're describing things. "
" There's a lot of hypocrisy and condescension in Israel's institutionalized support for Mubarak's tyrannical rule, in its backing of a corrupt leader who established a brutal secret police state to suppress his citizens and keep their mouths shut. "
" Somehow, since I became a family, every minute in which I am alone and not listening to two kids screaming in stereo feels like a vacation. "
" I don't really wake up in the morning and say, 'Ohmigod, I'm a Palestinian in a Jewish state.' I wake up in the morning and say, 'Ohmigod, I have to make sandwiches for my kids.' "
" I wish I could be proud of being an Israeli citizen, but how can I do that when I'm not really recognized as a full citizen? "
" I wanted to bring likable Arabs into the average Israeli living room. "
" It's the friends that make you survive this flat place called the Midwest. "
" The Palestinians have tried everything, and by God, it's Israel's governments that taught us that the only thing the Israelis appreciate is force. "
" Sometimes I wonder: What are the children thinking? And sometimes I wonder why the hell I'm not buying a tree like the other neighbors. After all, there is no mention in Christianity of Christmas trees, and even if there were - is there any good reason why I shouldn't be buying some red stockings? "
" Many Israelis are educating their kids in a very nationalist, powerful identity, since kindergarten - and the Arabs as well. "
" Somehow, the rare trips to Tel Aviv give me the feeling that I have a career. "
" To be critical of television is almost like questioning the fact of God's existence. "
" Sometimes I can write very angry columns, but I know that it doesn't work. "
" It always seems to me that my life would look completely different if I didn't have to take care of the rent. "
" We were, as Arabs in Israel, educated not to leave our villages, in order to protect our identity. "
" Somehow it seems that all parents are certain that they themselves were victims of abuse in school and that they will not allow this to happen to their children. Even though children can also be the cruelest group imaginable - especially the cutest of them. "
" Sometimes it seems as though all parents are certain that their children are victims of abuse by other children. "
" I always see my wife as the clever one, as the wise one in the family. "
" I'm not representing anyone - not Israelis, not Palestinians - I'm just a storyteller trying to raise more questions than give answers. "
" Christmas is relentless. It's around the clock. I sit with my little ones in front of the TV screen, and we watch movie after movie after movie. "
" A trip to Tel Aviv is a ritual. I always wear the same clothes to Tel Aviv: black pants and a blue-checked shirt that I bought especially from Ralph Lauren. "
" Maybe I would go back to West Jerusalem without too much bother if I could lie to my kids and tell them they are equal citizens in a democratic state. "
" All in all, we Muslims have only two holidays, and they're always getting moved around from season to season, from month to month, because we're dependent on the moon and not the sun, and unlike the Jews, we haven't created a leap year, so we have no Adar Bet. "
" I don't like identity. We accept identities in Israel. We make them holy. But what does identity really mean? "
" Well, you can't say you are lucky to live in Champaign, but I was lucky to be at the University of Illinois. It's a very international cosmopolitan community. That's very helpful. "
" It's problematic being an Arab who writes in Hebrew. "
" I don't know how it works with the Jews, but here in Beit Safafa, as in every self-respecting Arab community that is respected in turn by the state, there are no street names and no house numbers. "
" There is really no place for individuals in Israel. "
" Thanksgiving is the only day of the year when most of the stores here are closed during the day and reopen after midnight. Even restaurants shut down for the holiday, except for the fast-food chains. "
" If there was genuine desire on the Israeli side, even without a solution, it would be possible to solve a large percentage of the problems between Israelis and Palestinians by means of simple statements from the Israelis. "
" It sometimes seems that the only plan the Israeli government has for the Palestinians is for them to sit quietly while Israel does whatever takes its fancy, equipped with its army, with laws it promulgated, and with courts it established. "