Here’s a story that will throw you through a cultural loop.
We will be celebrating our four year anniversary in a few months, and believe me, it has not all been smooth sailing with our cultural and religious differences. People on both sides of our family have questioned our relationship: its legitimacy, its longevity, hell if it will even work. Many say it won’t. Only time will tell, but we are making a conscious effort to celebrate our differences. After much mumbling from Yousef’s Kuwaiti father about how this will never work, our families have even come to embrace one another once they saw the love that we have for each other. In fact, Yousef’s father is now quite fond of me after he met me this past summer and he is happy that Yousef has found a person like me to share his life with.
Yes, we are young, but we know that one day we want to be married and have a family, and we are even starting a business together. We pledged to teach both the Jewish and Arab culture and religion to our posterity.
We hope to be an example not only in America but around the world. We are at a time when Arab racism couldn’t be higher, and Jews are facing anti semitism left and right in Europe. We want to be a symbol of hope, that yes we may have our differences, but we are more alike than most people believe. Of course, we argue whenever the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gets brought up, as I lived in Israel this past summer during Operation Protective Edge, but we try to limit that arguing to a moment. We try to see past our differences and unite on our love for one another. I hope that others can see that not only can Jews and Muslims be friends, but they can love one another. Yousef and I believe that we can be an example for others and hope to inspire others to move forward in love and not backward in hate.
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