Multiple Perspectives I read with interest Dr. Lavie’s reflections on life, particularly for those with hearing loss, during the most recent war between the Israeli government and Hamas (September 2014). Like Dr. Lavie, I, too, pray for peace for the people who occupy this most disputed stretch of land, Palestinians and Israelis ... Inbox
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Multiple Perspectives
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.19112014.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.19112014.4
I read with interest Dr. Lavie’s reflections on life, particularly for those with hearing loss, during the most recent war between the Israeli government and Hamas (September 2014). Like Dr. Lavie, I, too, pray for peace for the people who occupy this most disputed stretch of land, Palestinians and Israelis alike. As an American I was aware of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but it wasn’t until I lived in Amman in 2012, teaching at the University of Jordan and consulting with UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East] in the camps, that I truly became educated about the history and multiple perspectives of the people caught up in this struggle for indigenous lands.
Today, I travel to the Middle East frequently to teach and consult on policy issues impacting people with disabilities, including those with hearing loss. Although perhaps not intentional, Dr. Lavie not only portrays the Israeli reality and its impact on audiology practice, but implies the Israeli government’s role is in response to threats on their sovereignty only. I would support this perspective in part, but one cannot do so without acknowledging the siege and occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, respectively—both of which contribute to the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people. As Dr. Lavie so aptly puts it, “These are hard times for everybody….”
Thomas J. Hallahan, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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