San Diego - Sha'ar HaNegev Teacher Exchange

View from Misgav-Am Kibbutz


According to Mike, Regional Civilian Security Officer, this sketch looks on to a Lebanese village about a half mile from the kibbutz. The villagers are Shi'ite Muslims (members of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him - Webster's 1996. p. 1765).

Mike suggested that Misgav-Am is a line of defense and must be held to maintain the integrity of Israel.

Clearly, the issue of peace in the Middle East is complicated. Traveling for two weeks does not give me or anyone else the right to voice an accurate opinion. I do know that killing is wrong. I also know that people who have witnessed a life of war do not easily trust their enemies.

Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language (1996).Gramercy Books, a division of Random House Value Publishing, Inc. New York, NY.

For more information

Misgav-Am Inn - - Believe it or not, you can "Forget about the rest of the world!" and stay at a country-style guest house and enjoy, not only the "breathtaking view, but also the famous "End of the Road" pub-disco. Excuse me, maybe I was too busy sketching the Shi'it village to hear the part about relaxing on the Kibbutz...?

Lebanon - Israel's Vietnam - - Provides a brief timeline to establish a background and then the article takes several incidents to portray the intensity of the PLO issue.

A Shi'ite Encyclopedia - - More information than I will probably ever study, but looks to be a very in depth collection of information which addresses Shia/Sunni inter-school related issues.

Muhammad and the Religion of Islam - - A very comprehensive look (no, a 392 page book) at Islam for the purpose of informing those who contemplate Muslim evangelism of the history and development of Islam from the time of Muhammad himself down to the present day as well as survey the religion from an evangelical Christian perspective. Did I say very comprehensive? The table of contents at least makes it easy to focus.

The following are links to sketches and personal narratives
created during our travels

Collaboration | David Ben-Gurion's Negev and a Bedouin Camp |
Druze Village | Golan Heights | Jerusalem | Kiryat Shmona | Yad Vashem | Zippori

Photos | Program Goals | WriteDesign Gallery |
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