Monday, February 16, 2009

Friendship without Borders

January 13, 2009 - two women, one Israeli, one Palestinian, hold on to their friendship through the attack on Gaza. Listen to "Friendship without Borders," an interview Dick Gordon has with the two women on his show, "The Story," on American Public Media.

Maha Mehanna lives in Gaza, and her friend Deb Reich lives in Israel. Despite the conflict, the two friends have managed to stay in touch, and even support one another.

Like most Gazans, Maha is staying inside with her family, huddling around candles while the bombardment continues. Maha yearns to get out of Gaza, but not just to escape the fighting. Her 14-year-old nephew Mohammed is ill and can only receive the medical treatments he needs across the border in Israel.

Deb and Maha talk with Dick Gordon about how they met, and how both women worry about the fate of Mohammed. Deb says she calls Maha nearly every day, as much as she can, to check in on the family and distract Maha from her fears.

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