Monthly Archives: December 2015

Advent and Christmas Reflections from Bethlehem

In the words of the well known carol, the hopes and fears of all the years meet here in this storied town, in a storied land ~ a land that is full of trouble and beauty ~ full of fear and faith, … Continue reading

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Punitive Demolitions ~ An Illegal, Inhumane Form of “Deterrence”

It typically transpires like this ~ A person is involved or suspected of being involved in an act of violence. Guilt is not established by a judge or jury as the person is most likely neutralized (killed) rather than arrested. The … Continue reading

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Lights in the Darkness

These are dark days ~ in so many ways. Fear and suspicion, despair and hopelessness are palpable ~ As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, we long for light, for hope, for peace to come to our broken … Continue reading

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Ten Days in the Life of al-Hadidiya ~ One Small Palestinian Village

The small Palestinian village of al-Hadidiya is located in Area C in the northern Jordan Valley, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ro‘i. The approximately 90 residents earn their living as shepherds and farmers. Al-Hadidiya is not hooked up to … Continue reading

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An Ironic Relation between Fiction and Reality

It seems I have failed in my attempt to read books as a diversion from the realities of the occupation. After finishing Maya Angelou’s autobiography (see the blog Caged Bird), I picked up a copy of Reading Lolita in Tehran: … Continue reading

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