Sometimes we need to laugh at what ails us.

December 4, 2007

Directly following my last post…  

“You have to have a sense of humor in order to participate on a site like this and not go crazy from the emotion and the emotional exchanges.”

Here is the result of being invited to an evening of comedy at Off the Wall in Jerusalem to see my new favorite Arab-American comedians: Ray Hanania and Sherif Hedayat.

They are reaching the end of the Israeli/Palestinian Comedy Tour, in which they have been joined by other comedians (including Charley Warady) to try to bring people together and break the ice with humor. Their brand of comedy is a nationalistic self-depracation like only Arabs and Israelis could know how to appreciate. And, although many people at the club last night were a bit tense about it, if people let loose and learn to appreciate an effort when they see one – well, humor can go a long way.

Yesterday was a great day for meeting new people with new ideas… Putting faces to names… And having a laugh over what ails us.

Here’s a list of funny videos from last night… And here are some samples:


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Internet Media panel: results and reviews.

December 4, 2007

Thought I would follow up with more results of yesterday’s session.

Here are Ray Hanania’s views on his NAAJA site. It was a very constructive discussion where I came to explain Mideast Youth but I also learned a lot about Israeli journalists, Palestinian journalists and the people behind the papers.

I also got to meet Ray for the first time – also my first time meeting another Mideast Youth correspondent: 

Ray and me

Here’s an excerpt of what I spoke about:

“We are from the Middle East. There are countries I will never be able to visit. And there are people who will never be able to come to Israel. So MidEastYouth.com has brought people together who might not have other opportunities to come together and share their experiences, thoughts and experiences…”

“It’s a great example of how the Internet can bring people together and promote understanding and tolerance, where we can debate, discuss and not cut each other’s throats…”

“There is a lot of emotion. We are all touched by events around us. We are able to talk together. It’s something to have an Arab ask me about Israeli and Jewish culture. There are things you can get upset about … but we are happy that people are having the conversation… You have to have a sense of humor in order to participate on a site like this and not go crazy from the emotion and the emotional exchanges.” (NAAJA)

Hey, I sound pretty good… And that really does sum up what I think about Mideast Youth and Internet media in general. I’m glad I got a chance to talk about it in a public forum with a diverse audience… Thanks, Ray!