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Unto Us a Child Is Born

Into an occupied land Into a world of trouble and beauty A child is born … As it was then, so it is now New life ~ a sign of hope And love waits to be born in us anew … Continue reading

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Neither Here nor There ~ Living in the Seam Zone

“No, the ambulance cannot enter there.” “No, we must check the bags of all the schoolchildren who live there.” “No, you cannot pass to visit your sick mother. You do not have the proper papers, and you do not live … Continue reading

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A Tragedy ~ Five Families and the Disputed Oven

Much has transpired in Palestine and Israel since my last post. During the first weeks of the assault on Gaza, I was “unplugged.” When I returned home, I was without words. What does one say? How does one respond to … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand ~ Not in My Name!

We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army! It is not easy to take an unpopular stand for what we know is right! And I am proud of the 50 Jewish Israeli teenagers who on March 8th published an open … Continue reading

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Endings ~ And Beginnings

Endings are difficult. But each ending also holds the potential for new beginning ~ And some things don’t end, they simply take on new form ~ So it is for me and my EAPPI colleagues in Group 50 as we … Continue reading

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Sometimes Signposts Are Helpful ~ But Not in Palestine!

Signposts generally help us find our way ~ but not in occupied Palestine. When traveling through the occupied Palestinian Territory, you cannot depend on signage to help you navigate ~ unless of course you are intending to visit an illegal … Continue reading

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Sometimes Words Are Not Needed ~ A Day in the Military Courts

We didn’t understand a word, yet we understood everything ~ “Do you speak Hebrew? Do you speak Arabic? Do you understand what is going on here?” ~ The prisoners have been brought in, feet shackled together. The court case has … Continue reading

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A Young Shepherd Boy and His Painful, Scarred Hands

It’s a big part of the problem. US military aid to Israel stands at over 3 billion dollars per year ~ no strings attached! Living and working in this land, it is difficult to be a dual citizen of two … Continue reading

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Are We Brave Enough for Peace?

Everybody’s talking about ~ Occupation! Segregation! Discrimination! Alienation! Indignation! Negotiation? “All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance…” Everybody’s talking about ~ Gunpoint! Checkpoint! My point! Whose point? What’s the point? No point! “All We Are Saying Is Give … Continue reading

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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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