Monthly Archives: September 2012

SEAMLESS IN PALESTINE

He’s a hero to the family whose house is literally falling down around them while they care for many children, one disabled.  He took us there.  A new home is partially built.  He’s championed another family whose residence Israeli soldiers … Continue reading

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SINGING BEATS VIOLENCE

Just a few weeks after we visited the tent village of Susiya in the South Hebron hills, on September 22, 2012 it happened.  Palestinians walked from the village At-Tuwani to the villages of Tuba and Al Mufaqarah, singing, yelling and … Continue reading

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“PALESTINIANS DON’T WANT PEACE”…REALLY?

When you hear or read that, ask for the evidence.  Is the source simply repeating an opinion passed down so many times it begins to sound true?  From someone who dislikes them for whatever reason?  How do we Americans get … Continue reading

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“WE LIVE IN A PRESSURE COOKER SITUATION”

“Our rights have been violated, collective and personal.  We are hostages to trauma.  It’s not the tanks and planes.  We’re not able to live as human beings.”  Zoughbi Zoughbi, a large man, gentle spirit, spoke to us with intensity.  He’s … Continue reading

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THE NAKBA

Arabic for “catastrophe.”  It happened in 1948 when 750,000 Palestinians forced from their homes and lands became refugees.  Many lost their lives.  It’s remembered now not only on “Nakba Day, May 15, but also every day because the displacement of … Continue reading

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“I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS HAPPENING”

A close friend’s words after viewing videos of ordinary Palestinians telling their personal stories.  Most of us in America have never had the opportunity to learn about their difficult lives of restrictions— travel, resources, water and basic freedoms.  Their pleas … Continue reading

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THEY COULDN’T COME

He shook his head, answering my question in a village near Jenin, “how has this affected you personally?”  We had just enjoyed a full dinner put on spontaneously by the West Bank family as we had appeared unannounced, four adults … Continue reading

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