Identify a city or region in the world today where a couple from rival groups might have great difficulty establishing a relationship?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It seems to me, sadly enough, that there are many areas of the world where external conflict would make a relationship between two people from opposite sects a challenge.  For me, I would focus on the Middle East and the challenges between the Arabs and the Jewish population that exists in the West Bank/ Gaza Strip and Israel.  It seems to me that this region of the world would be a good setting for the difficulties establishing a relationship for a couple of reasons. The first would be the length and depth of the rival tensions.  This would bring out Shakespeare's construction of the Capulet and Montague feud as being deeply embedded in Verona society.  The antipathy between Jewish people and the Arab population is deeply felt, going back for quite a bit of time.  Additionally, violence has been such a part of the conflict, adding to the intensity of magnitude.  Finally, there is a sense of hopelessness in the resolution of the conflict.  There is so much hatred of the other side in this conflict that it seems to be a great setup for  a potential blossoming of love between two pople.  The transcendental feelings of love and infatuation prove to be a great contrast to the context of intense hatred and political mistrust.


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