“All people of NYC say good morning even if they don’t know you,” says Samar Zananiri, a Palestinian journalist from East Jerusalem. This open friendliness is very different than how people interact in her home city. Samar is in NYC for a five week training by the UN Department of Public Information.
After many security checks, long waiting lines at the Israeli airport and 15 hours inside an airplane, Samar finally arrived in NYC. “Diversity in my city makes me feel lost,” Samar adds, explaining that diversity in Jerusalem can be problematic. Israelis on one side, the Palestinians on the other side
and all the visitors from the Untied States and Europe in between. In Jerusalem no one says good morning to the other side .
Samar says that diversity in NYC comes with equality, no one interferes in one another’s matters. They are are “all in a big salad” called NYC. Watching this huge mix of humans makes her think of how things are back home in Jerusalem. She feels a connection between the two cities, in spite of the differences, but she loves New York mornings the most.