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Giffords’ account of her trip to Israel

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/giffords_account_of_her_trip_to_israel_20110111

In 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, visited Israel on a trip organized by AJC's Project Interchange. She wrote this insightful, moving account, which AJC is honored to republish nine years later, upon her return to the United States. It is a land of contradiction, of complexity and simplicity. Its mountains and deserts were the backdrop for the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Koran. Now journalists stand before this same landscape and transmit battle reports to viewers of BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. It is a land where Orthodox Jews wearing clothing that was fashionable 300 years ago pose for digital pictures taken by tourists wearing the most modern fashions. And it is a place that offers the most ancient historical accounts, along with the most modern of lessons.

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