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Valparaiso University Law School, 2016 Program

A Sticky Situation

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Patrick W… Traveling to Israel has been a life changing experience. Living in America, I am constantly swept into the easy goings of life. Forgetting that places around the world see forms of terror on a daily basis. Over the years, my subconscious heard bits and…

The Security Wall/Fence

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Crystal W… We had a guest lecture from the IDF spokesperson on the history of the separation barrier and how it came to be. The separation barrier was a direct result of multiple terrorist attacks and the Israeli government felt compelled to protect its citizens. The…

The Dead Sea

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student James H… The Dead Sea is a large body of water bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. Its surface and shores are 1,407 ft. below sea level, Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 995 ft. deep,…

Taking a Closer Look

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Cassandra N… When people ask me about my time in Israel, I have trouble figuring out how to respond. Part of the problem is in the way that they ask. It’s like they want me to tell them about my little vacation. That I just laid…

New Perspectives

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Joseph B… Traveling into the West Bank is unlike anything you’ve seen from a television broadcast. You quickly go through Israeli security and a new culture welcomes you. Start by visiting security wall where graffiti spans as far as the eye can see. Some images may…

Returning Home

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Christina K… The concept of home seems so silly and almost innate that most people in America don’t pay too much attention to it. Home is a place where someone lives, where family gathers, or a safe place where one can express their opinions without fear…

Al Aqsa Mosque

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Leah G…   Coming to Israel for spring break 2016 was something that I was looking forward to. My parents and family were very nervous for me due to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I took the class, as an experience to learn. I have learned so…

Conflicting Experiences

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Breanna H… On Saturday March 5th, we started out our day leaving Jerusalem. I was pretty sad to leave Jerusalem as it is one of my favorite cities in Israel. I love the mixture of history, culture, and modernity. However, as we left Jerusalem we were…

Relationships

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Kirk B… In my private practice as a social worker there were particular statements we were trained as a therapist never to say to clients. For example, “I understand how you feel, or I understand what you were going through.” That was a sure way to…

Visiting Bethlehem

Today’s blog post comes from Valparaiso University Law Student Alicia M… Today we visited Bethlehem! We began the journey traveling through the checkpoint. While it was easy for a bus full of Americans to get through, the line behind us and the line on the other side were quite lengthy. We began the tour at…