Jewish New Yorkers speak out against 'dehumanisation' of Palestinians
Around her neck, Jessica Murphy wears a delicate gold chain with a Hamsa hand pendant, a universal symbol of protection and strength. For Muslims, it's the Hand of Fatima, while Jews call it the Hand of Miriam, a talisman to ward off the evil eye and negative energy.
“I've been feeling a lot of sadness … I’ve been feeling pretty distraught,” she says.
Murphy knows all about trauma. A Jewish New Yorker, she became a victim of terrorism at age 5 when her father was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
“I think that allows me to empathise with the Israeli civilians who lost loved ones in the attacks last Saturday, while also empathising with Palestinians who lost family due to the retaliatory airstrikes,” she says.
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