My Friend is a Palestinian Bedouin: XII. Individualism versus Collectivism. Friendships
After my workshop, the next day, I go back to fetch them. From what I understand, it looks as if Bashar more or less managed to settle the dispute. I return the netstick, which had been very helpful, and take them home.
Postscript: Bashar himself was upset with the way in which I wrote this story, leaving out many of the things that seemed important to him. Days later, he added the following information. He did not at all intend to bring Akram along. Akram was supposed to help him to get over the wall, but suddenly wanted to join. Bashar did not feel comfortable saying no. He truly intended to come and see me, but on his way, he received a call that forced him to change his plans. He realized at the time that I would be upset, but did not want to give me the new and disturbing info in advance, and preferred to tell me face to face. He did not have the time to figure out how to get to Lod. Although telling people what to do is his general attitude, Bashar thought it was self-evident that I could refuse to take them, if I did not agree. He did not rely on me taking them and if I had refused, he would have thought of another way. Nonetheless, knowing me, he expected that I would understand the situation and help. Arriving in Lod, he did not want to involve me in the situation, considering it may become dangerous and that there may be fighting.