Monthly Archives: October 2012

Even Palestinian kids are entitled to some happiness

The din began in mid-morning with horns honking and cars driving both directions on Manger Street in Bethlehem.  They did seem to have autos for the occasion.  Loud celebrations.  High school kids sitting on the doors of cars,  driving up … Continue reading

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“WE HAVE NO SENSE OF STABILITY IN OUR LIVES”

His charming daughter in the office of Wi’am told us her father, Professor Adnan Musallam at the Bethlehem University is writing a new book on the emigration of so many Palestinian Christians from the West Bank. We must meet him. … Continue reading

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“IT’S HARD TO TELL THE REAL STORY”

Walking by, the hotel lobby near Manger Square in Bethlehem sparkled, obviously new with glass and glistening floor tile.  Inside, we asked a smiling young man dressed impeccably in a dark suit about the renovation.  Abdel, warm and friendly like … Continue reading

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“SETTLERS ARE ATTACKING WITH MACHINE GUNS”

On a Skype call this morning, our Palestinian friend in Bethlehem working with a Christian organization for peace and justice, had urgency in his voice.  “Throughout the West Bank, during the olive harvest, they’re coming to threaten and drive out … Continue reading

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“AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHO WE ARE”

The full quote from Sami Awad in our interview in Bethlehem: “The sad reality is that most Americans don’t know who we are.  When I say Palestine, they say, ‘Pakistan?’ Sami’s organization, Holy Land Trust amazed us with their programs … Continue reading

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FROM PLUTONIUM TO PRISON

He suggested the American Colony Hotel for lunch, itself part of the modern history of Jerusalem.  Amid its beautiful stones and courtyards Joshua’s story rolled out, a young Jewish immigrant from Morocco at age 9 in 1964, family recruited with … Continue reading

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“WE ARE VERY TIRED FROM OUR SITUATION”

His e-mail message yesterday continued, “We are almost lost, but your prayers are giving us hope and we need more friends like you to keep our hope alive,” Typed in fatigue and in a second language, Usama a Christian, expressed … Continue reading

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