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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 […]

Soldiers in Sarra

Soldiers in Sarra

November 20, 2010 No Comments

BY: NISREEN GHANEM On one winter night, Israeli soldiers came to our village with dogs.  They began searching for something but we didn’t know what. They reached our house at 2:30 in the morning.  They jumped over the gate, then they knocked on the door loudly.  We were not sleeping because we had heard bombs […]

Innocents’ Rights

Innocents’ Rights

November 19, 2010 1 Comment

BY: MUNA NU’MAN In May 2003, the Israeli occupation forces imposed a curfew on my village.  The curfew continued for several days, they didn’t allow us to go anywhere.  There was a food shortage, people needed essential things like bread, vegetables and milk for the children. While this was happening, the schools where my sons […]

A 10-minute inspection added four months to education

A 10-minute inspection added four months to education

November 18, 2010 1 Comment

BY: ALI ABU TAYEH In one semester during my study at the university in the West Bank, I had three consecutive exams.  On the first exam day as I was going to the university, I faced a very hard army checkpoint. It was very crowded and the people were waiting in very long line.  People […]

Photography exhibit of Nablus by kids

Photography exhibit of Nablus by kids

November 16, 2010 No Comments

“I like it because it tells people outside of Palestine that we are good people,” said 14 year old Mujahid who took part in making the movie. “It helps to show that we are not terrorists.” Read the entire article here at Haaretz.

An architectural tour of the Old City in Nablus

An architectural tour of the Old City in Nablus

November 7, 2010 3 Comments

BY: AMJAD M. DWIKAT Amjad is a mechanical engineering student at An Najah University.  This is the first solo video project for Amjad, who is hoping to combine his engineering work with his interests in the media and the environment.  He plans to continue his education after a few years of work.

2 sq km + 28,000 people = Balata Refugee Camp

2 sq km + 28,000 people = Balata Refugee Camp

November 2, 2010 2 Comments

My friend Ayyash took me on a tour of Balata Camp, the refugee camp where he lives only minutes from downtown Nablus. Here, in 2 square kilometers, live 28,000 people, said Ayyash. He said that the unemployment rate is 70%.  Those who are employed, often work in shops inside the camp.  Most of the refugees […]

Kids play violent video games in Nablus, West Bank

Kids play violent video games in Nablus, West Bank

November 2, 2010 2 Comments

BY: HAYA SH. YASSIN Haya is studying journalism at An Najah University in Nablus, West Bank. In January 2011, she will begin her M.A. in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London. Here is her latest video from Nablus.

Nablus: 3 months in 3 minutes

Nablus: 3 months in 3 minutes

October 30, 2010 3 Comments

Warm, gooey kunafeh, an expansive new university campus and a vibrant Old City.

Freedom rally in Nablus, 9/29/10

Freedom rally in Nablus, 9/29/10

September 29, 2010 2 Comments

When I hear the cadence of a drum squad, my heart skips a beat remembering my days in marching band at Dallastown High School. I loved marching through the parking lot to the football field to the beat of the school’s cadence. Today, while walking through downtown Nablus, I heard the enticing sound of drums […]

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