Hold strong opinions weakly.
Or so they say. It’s late afternoon in Jerusalem where I’ve been the last 24-hours on tour of Israel with the Reality Tech leadership development program—an 8-day exploration of Israel’s tech and cultural scenes. I’ve been touring with 50 prominent executives and venture capitalists in tech, sharing space, having uncomfortable conversations, and learning deeply about the complexities of a nation not unlike the one I call home.
Last night I met a young Palestinian girl named Silina who shared her story of going through checkpoints each day at the West Bank border to attend a coding program called MEET – Middle East Education Through Technology – a competitive computer science and entrepreneurship program in which Israeli and Palestinian students work together under one roof. Before the program, she’d only known Israelis by the name of “the enemy” or as soldiers behind the olive uniforms that stopped her family’s car at the checkpoint intersection.
She volunteers and recruits now for the program, even when her university dean called her a traitor, and she’s losing standing in her community for associating with said enemy. But Selena, a force if you ever meet her, is not Click here to read entire article