Thomas Friedman’s “Arab Grocer”

I can imagine Mr. Sasson, Thomas Friedman’s “Arab grocer” in the 2012 re-issue of “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” shake his head with a “what’s the use trying to get this guy to understand…” In “Talking with my Arab Grocer,” Friedman takes the trouble to introduce us to Sasson, a Baghdadi Arabic Jewish immigrant, owner of a grocery store in Jerusalem. Friedman explains Sasson’s “whole life” as a Jew in Iraq “left him with the convictions that the Arabs would never willingly accept a Jewish state in their midst.” However, in his self described “optimism” the American Friedman challenges Sasson’s conviction that “any concessions towards the Palestinians would eventually be used to liquidate the J

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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