Male Voice: He's on the stage.
Together: We're just a little to caught up in the way the world sees us,
Jewish Girl: And the way my people see yours,
Muslim Girl: And the way my people see yours,
Together: And the way our people see ourselves.
Jewish Girl: In 1996, a Jewish girl was born, with the Shabbat candles glistening in her eyes.
Muslim Girl: In 1996, a Muslim girl was born, with the Adhan ringing in her ears.
Together: She only knew of her own, um
Muslim Girl: Jumu'ah,
Jewish Girl: Kabbalat Shabbat,
Muslim Girl: Nasheeds,
Jewish Girl: Z'mirot,
Muslim Girl: Allah,
Jewish Girl: Adonai.
Together: She never noticed
Muslim Girl: That Jewish girl
Jewish Girl: That Muslim girl
Together: holding the same needles and threads that she did.
Muslim Girl: So in quilted generations from stitches and calloused palms of their past
Jewish Girl: Friday prayers
Muslim Girl: Religious songs
Together: Like, God, we are both birthed from resilience, yet raised by assumptions
Jewish Girl: This Jewish girl
Muslim Girl: Muslim girl
Together: Only heard:
Muslim Girl: Dirty money.
Jewish Girl: Oppressive husbands.
Muslim Girl: Big-nosed banker.
Jewish Girl: Suspicious terrorist.
Muslim Girl: Gas chamber.
Jewish Girl: Go back home!
Muslim Girl: But--but it's 2013,
Jewish Girl: So all that's done.
Together: Right? So why is it that every time
Jewish Girl: A penny falls, I'm assumed to be the one to pick it up? Stealing from every man's pocket,
Together: And every time
Muslim Girl: The airport security check line moves forward, I'm the one who's pulled aside and patted down?
Jewish Girl: We both look discrimination in the eye.
Muslim Girl: We both live in a country that swears up and down that all people are equal.
Together: Our hands should be caught together, fists raised as one, fighting against the stereotype that this country has put upon my people.
Jewish Girl: In Habron, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl was killed when a Jewish settler shot a bullet into her right eye. She'll never get to witness her holy land come back to her.
Muslim Girl: In Herzliya, a 14-year-old Israeli girl was killed by a Palestinian pipe bomb. She was just trying to eat her dinner at her favorite restaurant by the beach.
Jewish Girl: We are told to stay within the confines of our religion,
Muslim Girl: Of our tradition,
Jewish Girl: As if a young Palestinian girl's life ended by Israeli gunfire
Muslim Girl: Is worth any more or less than a young Israeli girl's life ended by a Palestinian pipe bomb.
Jewish Girl: This world would rather chew up and spit out our history than help these two girls
Muslim Girl: That could have been us.
Jewish Girl: This world has devoured our past,
Muslim Girl: But how quickly it forgets
Together: You are what you eat.
Jewish Girl: See, this Jewish girl
Muslim Girl: And this Muslim girl
Together: Are for more similar than our religions would like us to believe, because I betcha didn't realize
Jewish Girl: That we have the same favorite movies,
Muslim Girl: And that we both love
Together: Hummus! And we keep being asked the same damn questions every time we fall head over heels:
Jewish Girl: Is he a respectable Muslim boy?
Muslim Girl: Jewish boy?
Jewish Girl: Did you meet him at the mosque?
Muslim Girl: The synagogue?
Jewish Girl: That little Palestinian girl
Muslim Girl: And that little Israeli girl
Together: Will never get to be asked these questions,
Jewish Girl: Never get to discover that they have the same favorite movies,
Muslim Girl: Or whether they were both gonna become poets,
Together: Performing on stages like this one,
Jewish Girl: And we may not have either,
Muslim Girl: Had we let the way the world sees us get in our way.
Together: We are connected. We are one.
Jewish Girl: Like Adonai.
Muslim Girl: Like Allah.
Together: Like God.
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