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Broken World

I wrote From the Edges of a Broken World with the idea of encouraging dialogue, a conversation. It is unfortunate that the reaction of the editorial board of the magazine has effectively shut that down.

I am grateful to every single person who has reached out, and heartened by the many who read my essay and get the importance of a nuanced perspective. Why is it so hard to hold others in our hearts? This, in our broken world, is what being human demands of us.


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BwanaDIC
BwanaDIC
a day ago

Your well written and heartfelt essay reached me in ways that other pieces (or polemics) on this tragedy have fallen short.

You shine with the light of good will and shared humanity.

Thank you.

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johnd1974
Mar 20

3-20-24

Joanna, I thank you for writing your article "From the Edges of a Broken World". It helps me to know about someone within Israel who respects the Palestinians as a people who also have a right, just like Israel, to coexist with respect from the Israelis. It is sad what the magazine "Guernica" did to remove your article with the rationale that there is no room for your type of opinion. I guess they think they are some group of leftist "purists" who own the truth.

Please keep writing and sharing to help people move beyond emotions and be open to dialogue and solutions.

John Dauer, San Antonio, Tx.

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Kim Harris
Kim Harris
Mar 20

Dear Joanna, I just read your piece, From the Edges of a Broken World. I have no words except to say it comforts me that you are in the world and able to write, and that I'm able to read what you write. Sending you much love, and a hug if you need one. Warmest regards from Canada, Kim

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David Deramus
David Deramus
Mar 14

Joanna, thank you for writing this wonderful article. I am providing the link to the copy on the “wayback machine” for those who did not find it: https://web.archive.org/web/20240305095742/https:/www.guernicamag.com/from-the-edges-of-a-broken-world/

Kind regards,

David

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karen.schetina
Mar 14
Replying to

David, thanks so much for providing the link to Joanna’s article. I had trouble finding it.

B’shalom,

Karen

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Yudel Huberman
Yudel Huberman
Mar 14

If not for the retraction, I would not have heard of the article, or have had the opportunity to read it. I wonder how many others read it because of this. That is a silver lining, I guess. The article is incredibly moving and loving. And filled with the despair we are all feeling. The retraction makes no sense, except as an attempt to dehumanize all Israelis. After reading the article, I immediately went and ordered two books of Chen's translations. I hope the journal realizes its mistake and retracts its retraction.

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