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I listened with great interested because I am soon to be welcoming a high school exchange student from the West Bank to our city. Whenever I read anything about the West Bank it is in reference to the politics. This story helped me to think about Bethlehem as a community with gardens and people with hopes and dreams like any other place. The student who comes to live here will be another "non-elite" voice that the Americans living here will get to hear, just like the voices Dr. Amahl Bishare is attempting to listen to. I can't wait to start listening to our exchange student from the West Bank!