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Stories from the Holy Land

Stories from the Holy Land

January 20, 2011 1 Comment

I’ve lived in the Holy Land for the last seven months. This is my last week in Bethlehem before I head to India for a month, so I’ve been taking care of business. My apartment is nearly packed up: a pile of donations, a pile to leave with friends and a pile to take with […]

Bethlehem shepherds, Operation Cast Lead, and a rogue state

Bethlehem shepherds, Operation Cast Lead, and a rogue state

December 31, 2010 No Comments

Palestine Today: A Reality of Justice Denied Media with Conscience On December 24, Mondoweiss co-editor Adam Horowitz wrote: “Israeli military kills 20-year old Gazan for herding animals too close to buffer zone.” On December 23, Israeli forces shot and killed Salama Abu Harhish without warning while herding sheep and goats in Beit Lahya. Civilized nations […]

The beginnings of Christmas in Bethlehem

The beginnings of Christmas in Bethlehem

December 6, 2010 No Comments

This week, Christmas stores have popped up throughout Bethlehem. My favorite Christmas goodies 1.  Para-gliding, blow-up Santa 2.  Mix-CD of Arabic and international Christmas tunes, homemade by the shopkeeper himself and on sale for $3. 3.  A tree that showers itself with fake snow. Christmas cheer! The city is covered in Christmas lights, from lamp […]

Remembering Home

Remembering Home

November 30, 2010 1 Comment

This year wasn’t my first Thanksgiving abroad, a holiday that is oh-so-North-American that celebrations overseas usually take on a little local flavor. In Kerala, India we were treated to curried barbeque chicken and the most delicious mashed potatoes I may ever taste. I wore a navy blue churidar to that meal. In Dublin, our Irish […]

Backpackers in Bethlehem

Backpackers in Bethlehem

November 17, 2010 No Comments

After 15 days living in Bethlehem, I hosted a couple of backpackers for the Eid holiday, Kyle and Kim. Kyle is a guy from Florida with lots of questions. He’s tall with shaggy hair and a resonating voice. He loves coffee. Kim is from Belgium. She’s quiet, short and looked gorgeous even after waking up […]

Canned pickles and I think I feel at home

Canned pickles and I think I feel at home

November 9, 2010 1 Comment

I spent the last three days eating delicious dinners with the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron, debating how social justice and action fits into Buddhist ideals while sipping tea, and smoking nargileh all wrapped up in a warm blanket. It restored my sapped energy. Two weeks ago, I returned from a wonderfully hectic trip to […]

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military raids houses in response to attack on checkpoint

CPTnet 2 December 2011 A newsletter written by members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams. On the night of 28...

Introduction to CPT – Palestine

Filmed and produced by Cat Rabenstine for the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine.

CPT delegate writes letter to teargas manufacturer

CPTnet Digest 20 January 2011 Mr. Don Smith, CEO Combined Systems Inc. 388 Kinsman Rd. Jamestown, PA 16134 Dear...

What does it mean to thrive?

Knowing your children attend a good school.  Earning a salary that allows you to save money for the future....

Stories from the Holy Land

I’ve lived in the Holy Land for the last seven months. This is my last week in Bethlehem before...

One foot in, one foot out – a tour of a Palestinian village

Today I took a walk through a friend’s village near Bethlehem. The sky was blue and spotted with clouds....