Im very tired of people just acting like West and South Asia are one big monolith. There are Egyptians and Palestinians and Israelis and Jordanians and Lebanese and Syrians and Turks and Armenians and Kurds and Yazidis and Iraqis and Arabs and Bengalis and Indians and Amazigh and Bedouins and Pakistanis and Africans and Samaritans and Persians and Rroma and Druze and Punjabis and Muslims and Christians and Jews and Sikhs and Hindus and Atheists and so many more different amazing and beautiful and diverse religions, ethnicities, cultures and countries that speak different languages, have different cultures, eat different food, and live very different lives.

Kfar Hanokdim, Negev, Israel, July 8, 2016

A Springboard for Social Change

Hearing Other Voices provides key information to policymakers and scholars by asking human rights based questions to women world wide. Its an ever expanding collection that will be instrumental in aiding new research and developing future policy and action.

There are many organizations whose main goal is to relate women’s stories. Though appropriate to the cause they do not offer the freedom of expression without analysis. Where else can you gather primary sources about women’s lives?

I am working to remove the lens that often clouds or distorts; making their stories not their own. There are many creative ways organizations are helping us hear women’s views and as wonderful as projects like this are, there needs to be a place where the voices of women from all cultures can be heard in a moment. By using questions that have been designed to be open and impartial and giving women the option to conduct their own interviews, I am working to give voice to those who are most often kept silent.  

Bedouin children, Sde Boker, Israel, July 7, 2016

the city of Petah Tikva created a hotline that parents and friends can use to inform on Jewish women who mix with Arab men. The women are then treated as pathological cases and sent to a psychologist.

In 2008, the southern city of Kiryat Gat launched a program in its schools to warn Jewish girls about the dangers of dating local Bedouin men. The girls were shown a video calledSleeping with the Enemy, which describes mixed couples as an “unnatural phenomenon.”

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu once told a local newspaper that the seduction of Jewish girls is “another form of war,” and a religious organisation called Yad L'Achim conducts military-style rescues of women from “hostile” Arab villages, in co-ordination with the police and army.

In 2009, a government-backed television advertising campaign, later withdrawn, urged Israeli Jews to report relatives abroad who were in danger of marrying non-Jews.

It is no wonder that, according to a poll from 2007, more than half of all Israeli Jews believe that intermarriage should be equated with “national treason.”


A sampling of covers from across the world for Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, first in an apparent series with the second expected to come out in 2018.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

Struggling to make their way in 1899 New York, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while masking their true selves. Meeting by chance, they become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice. (x)

This was Helene’s debut novel in 2013. Putting together this lineup of covers surprised me, actually, because it says New York Times bestseller, but I don’t remember hearing anything about this book. I found it as I browsed a bookstore shelf. It fascinated me with its literary nature–driven by its characters more than its plot–combined with the mythological creatures who feel real. Chava is compelling, with her strength and devotion; Ahmad infuriating in his quick passion and rashness. The world was old, the characters old, the tie to Judaism real and defined and old, the story old even in its newness. This book reads like an old classic story, with prose that hearkens back to times when people spoke differently and took more time to compose beautiful sentences, not just ones that make do. I loved this story so much I made my mother read it (one of three books I’ve ever done that with, another being Inkheart), and she enjoyed it. It takes a little bit of getting into because of its old style of storytelling, but it’s worth it if you can stick it out. It’s an excellent fusion of contemporary fantasy and old-world literary fiction.

Do you have any of these covers? If you pick it up, let me know what you think! Good or bad, let’s talk about it! -Pear

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Basic 4 Colors: okay

Chrome: they are trying 

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Default Skin: either just starting out or secretly amazing with him and wear the skin ironically like people in COD used FNG as a title

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