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To get’em talking, feed’em

To get’em talking, feed’em

November 17, 2010 1 Comment

A great way to stimulate conversation and get strangers to bond, is to feed them! This meal is for vegetarians (but not vegans – it’s cheesy). It’s an American-ish meal with a splash of the Middle East. Perfect for ex-pats who crave something familiar. Served with Palestinian Taybeh beer and Eid cookies for dessert. Salad […]

A Ramadan dinner in Nablus

A Ramadan dinner in Nablus

September 15, 2010 1 Comment

I met Abu Fadi when I was mailing a package to the U.S. for a friend.  He was abundantly helpful and welcoming, even during this short business transaction.  Awhile later, I stopped by his office just to say hi, and he invited me to his home for a Ramadan dinner.  He and his wife cooked […]

5.5 weeks and counting

5.5 weeks and counting

August 11, 2010 1 Comment

A few weeks before I left for Palestine one of my professors suggested that, when I arrive, I make a point to write down anything that surprises me. These are the things, he said, that one forgets after becoming more accustomed to a new country or culture. SERVICE OR TAXI? EITHER WAY, A NICE CONVERSATION. […]

The first few weeks

The first few weeks

July 28, 2010 1 Comment

My first stop in what will hopefully be a year spent in the Middle East, is Nablus, Palestine.  I will stay here for just over two months, teaching a journalism workshop for students at An Najah University. I live in a beautiful apartment in “majeen,” a neighborhood just outside the center of Nablus.  The complex […]

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....