TULSA - He watches the violence in Gaza, worries about his friends and family there and in the West Bank, and hopes that some day, the violence will end.
Mohammed Samara moved to Tulsa about seven years ago, but still owns land in the West Bank.
"I'm feeling really sad about what's going on there," he told KRMG in an exclusive interview.
He says it's almost impossible for the Palestinian side to make its case, because they have almost no access to the media, no way to get their message out.
He loves the freedom of living in America, and says people here can't imagine what life is like in Gaza, much as the people living there can't imagine what it's like to live in the U.S.
About 1.8 million people are crammed into roughly four square miles in the Gaza Strip.
"Imagine if there's a bird being born in a cage," he told KRMG, "they can't believe what it would be like to fly in the trees and the sky. They think the cage is the life."
He draws a sharp distinction between Jewish people and the Israeli government, and says he has nothing against the Jewish religion.
"I have a Jewish friend here in Tulsa, it's no problem. I go to his house, and we work together, and we are still friends," he said.
And he says Jews, Muslims and Christians lived side-by-side for a long time in Palestine, peacefully.
But that was before 1948, when -- in his view -- the Palestinian people were forced aside to make room for the Israeli state, all because of guilt over what happened to the Jewish people during the Second World War.
He points out that even the Bible says his people were living in the area before the Jews arrived.
"Okay, if God promised you this land...but he (didn't tell you) go kill the other people."