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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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Advent in Palestine ~ Waiting Is Given New Meaning

It is the season of advent ~ the season of waiting. In North America, we count down the days until Christmas ~ only 15 shopping days left! We look forward to time with family and friends. Children are excited and … Continue reading

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Translating Solidarity into Action

Today, November 29, marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In many locations around the globe, it also begins the “Boycott SodaStream Days of Action.” The United Church of Canada is doing its part by launching the … Continue reading

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Haunting Spectres ~ Witnesses to Senseless Violence

We are at a meeting with the director of the Al Karmel Youth Centre when we receive an emergency call ~ “Come quickly. Settlers have destroyed 100 olive trees in Wadi Ma’in.” We pile into our trusty old Subaru. Our … Continue reading

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A Sower Went Out to Sow ~ Plowing in Umm al Amad Village

It is early morning. The sun is spilling its rays over the horizon ~ there is a soft breeze. The hills are bathed in light ~ the air filled with birdsong. I am in the village of Umm al Amad … Continue reading

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