Monthly Archives: December 2013

Three Cups of Tea ~ And Counting

It’s legendary and dependable. Palestinian hospitality is truly remarkable. It is not dependent on how much they have or don’t have ~ whether the cisterns are full or empty. It matters not how many of you arrive at their home … Continue reading

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Christmas Reflections from a Storied Land

A land of both trouble and beauty ~ It seems as if the hopes and fears of all the years meet in this storied place Now as then ~ It is a land occupied and segregated A land of walls … Continue reading

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Severe Winter Storm ~ Vulnerability on the Margins

A storm is no respecter of persons. But those who live on the margins ~ the most vulnerable ~ are often the most affected. For people living under Israeli military occupation in Area C and for those under siege in … Continue reading

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“Oasis of Peace” ~ An Intentional Community

It is mid-term orientation. After 2 days of lectures and diplomatic advocacy in East Jerusalem, all 33 EAs board a bus at 1:30 PM for our 2 day road trip. It is unintentionally timed to coincide with the first big … Continue reading

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Prawer Plan Is Scrapped ~ For Now

You have all likely heard the news! The Israeli Knesset has decided to scrap the Prawer Plan which, if passed, would have forcibly relocated 40-70,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel from their 35 “unrecognized villages” in the Naqab (Negev) and “concentrated” … Continue reading

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“We Have Only Our Dignity, Our Tents, and Our Sheep”

Four shepherds and a few small boys sit across from us in the tent ~ mats are laid out for our comfort. The customary tea with sugar and sage is served around in small glass cups. Through our interpreter, the … Continue reading

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Oven Wins in Court ~ But Battle Is Not Over

Yes, the old taboon won the recent court case ~ against all odds. It can’t be touched by soldiers, settlers or police. So goes the court decision. But under cover of darkness, settlers from the illegal Al Karmel settlement ~ … Continue reading

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