For me personally, hearing about the hub of difference found in Haifa was incredibly powerful, although it further complicated my connection to Israel. We listened to our tour guide speak of Haifa as a place of escape for refugees from all sorts of persecution and exclusion. Then, we visited a representative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community who spoke about his religion and values. While the majority of our conversation with him was engaging and interesting, the one statement that has not been able to leave my mind has been how he does not see Haifa as representative of all of Israel.
After hearing stories of the acceptance shown towards people of difference in Haifa (even with an understandable level of conflict), as well as a conversation and reflection as a group about difference, today has been a very personally challenging one. It started with feelings of love and appreciation for what I had seen in Israel and the land's history, but it transformed into a day of questioning my own values and wondering whether I can work through all of these new perceptions of what Israel truly is.