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The walls are closing in

The walls are closing in

September 26, 2010 No Comments

Today I sat in an auditorium full of Nablusi’s and Internationals, all watching the film To Shoot an Elephant, about the Israeli siege on Gaza. To my right, was my friend Ayyash, an activist who lives in Balata Camp. He translated some things for me and, having seen the movie a few times before, predicted […]

Messages to America

Messages to America

September 25, 2010 3 Comments

During the last three months, I taught a Spoken English class for adults who teach English to young people in Nablus and the surrounding villages.  During the class, we had intense debates, told jokes and shared stories about our families and life experiences, from the loss of our parents and grandparents to personal stories about […]

Two Iraq Burin men arrested for attending peaceful demonstration

Two Iraq Burin men arrested for attending peaceful demonstration

September 24, 2010 No Comments

IRAQ BURIN —  On September 24, 2010 at 4:30pm, two villagers from Iraq Burin, a village near Nablus in the West Bank, were arrested by Israeli soldiers.  A checkpoint was erected at the entrance to the village in the morning of the same day. In response to these arrests and the killing of two young men […]

The real image of the occupation

The real image of the occupation

September 20, 2010 No Comments

This piece was written by one of my Advanced English students in Nablus. By MAHMOUD BSHARAT This is what happened in 2003, during the Israeli-Palestinian classes (the second intifada). My family and I were sleeping peacefully when we heard a very huge blast.  All the neighbors woke up and started calling each other on the […]

A tour of Al Fara’a prison

A tour of Al Fara’a prison

September 18, 2010 1 Comment

Saed Abu-Hijleh was a prisoner at Al Fara’a prison in the West Bank near Nablus.  He was there four times as a young man.  Join him on a brief tour of the prison, which is now a camp for kids. For more information about Al Fara’a prison, check out Totem(s) Trope(s) by Michael Kennedy.

25 seconds at Jacob’s Well

25 seconds at Jacob’s Well

September 18, 2010 No Comments

Watch this video! It’s a deep well…

Human Rights film festival in Nablus

Human Rights film festival in Nablus

September 16, 2010 No Comments

In a week, An Najah will host a Human Rights film festival in Nablus.  Wanna join me?! Read original article at Maen News NABLUS (Ma’an) — The largest university in the northern West Bank will host its first human rights film festival at the end of September, organizers announced on Wednesday. Starting 26 September and […]

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 […]

Israeli settlers break into Joseph’s tomb in Nablus

Israeli settlers break into Joseph’s tomb in Nablus

August 11, 2010 No Comments

Nablus, August 11, (Pal Telegraph) A huge group of Israeli settlers broke into Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus, in the West Bank today morning. Read the original article in the Palestine Telegraph. Witnesses said that a big number of Israeli settlers stormed last night, Joseph’s Tomb and Adow religious rituals until […]

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. […]

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