Erin Wroblewski

Erin Wroblewski (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in East Jerusalem): Erin earned a BA with distinction from Indiana University and spent two years as a Fulbright scholar in Austria. She has also worked for the Germany Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Crises in Berlin and spent the summer of 2006 working in HIV/AIDS prevention in Arusha, Tanzania. Erin graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2007, with an MA in German and European Studies and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. While pursuing her master’s degree at Georgetown, Erin worked at the Washington office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) - a German foundation committed to the principles of social democracy.



Jerusalem and Jerusalem

24 Jun

The long orange buses serve a mostly Israeli clientel. The shorter Arab shuttles run through the East and carry Palestinians. In the East on Salah-ed-Din, Arab women sit on the street and sell baskets of vegetables and fruits. In the West on Jaffa Street, there are air conditioned shops selling Belgian chocolates and trendy clothes.

I was shopping today in West Jerusalem wearing a cotton dress and sandals like lots of the Israeli women and when I entered shops most everyone spoke to me in Hebrew. Along Nablus Road on the way home with my purchases I stopped at a kiosk and before I could ask for the a bottle of water the young man standing in front said “Hello, Miss. Where are you from?”

The walk from Jaffa Street to Nablus Road is only about ten minutes and I went from blending in with the Israelis to standing out as a foreigner. I asked the Palestinian kid standing at the kiosk “How do you know that I’m not from here?”

He laughed at me. His laugh was not a polite chuckle. He laughed sincerely and spontaneously and I thought he would choke on the soda he was drinking. With raised eyebrows he said “You don’t look Palestinian and Israelis don’t come here. They just don’t.”

Posted By Erin Wroblewski

Posted Jun 24th, 2007

2 Comments

  • Kim Wroblewski

    June 25, 2007

     

    What does a Palestinian think of a non-Palestianian in East Jerusalem? Are you always considered with skepticism immediately? Does your youth offer any benefit of the doubt? How much information is available about the western world, how is it spun by the media used by most Palestinians? Is there even a scintilla of willingness to see another young person as a non-foe? I can’t make any comments until I have more information…I don’t think anyone can take a stand but those living there really…

  • jecooke

    July 7, 2007

     

    I can’t tell you how proud I am of you and how much I love you.

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