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Interview with Leah
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Leah, an orthodox Jew and mother of five, lives in neighborhood settlement just outside of Jerusalem. She grew up in Detroit, and in her 20's moved to Israel where she has lived ever since.

Leah is currently writing books for parents about finding inspiration in parenthood and for children about Israel and Jewish history. Leah's interview was taped in August 2005, right before the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. At that time the entire country, always politically charged, was expressing opinions about the pending withdrawal and the dismantling of a Jewish settlement -- and re-location of the residents -- called Gush Katif, where a prior Israeli government had placed them after withdrawing from the Sinai Peninsula back in the early 70's. It was a very emotional and political hot button, and throughout Israel there was massive, visible protest against the withdrawal, primarily led by the "national religious" Jews and people on the right of the political spectrum. Which side a person took could be determined by the ubiquitous colored ribbons hanging from cars, windows, clothing, bags, fences, bus stops, and even pets. Orange ribbons were worn against the withdrawal and blue or blue and white ribbons meant support for the government’s plan to withdraw.

In this interview, Leah is asked about her feelings about the withdrawal, her thoughts about the “orange vs. blue” debate, the challenges of raising children in such a charged environment, and what she thinks about the world's perception of "settlers" based largely on how the media portray them as a group.

This story was made in association with Partners In Peace (www.partnersinpeace.net) which develops curriculum and runs programs for youth to explore their identities, tell and exchange their stories, and build collaborations across cultural, faith, and ethnic lines using technologies as milieu for communication.
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