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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Olive oil soap: how it’s made and why it’s great

Olive oil soap: how it’s made and why it’s great

November 16, 2010 2 Comments

Ever wonder how olives are turned into olive oil soap, or olive oil for that matter?  Watch this video for a quick tour of an olive oil press and an olive oil soap factory in a small town in northern West Bank. If you live in Chicago, visit the Fair Trade Bazaar at Lake View […]

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.

Slowly boiling olive oil, a lesson about religion and 9 hours traveling

Slowly boiling olive oil, a lesson about religion and 9 hours traveling

November 15, 2010 1 Comment

I traveled to Zababdeh, a town in northern West Bank near Jenin, to tour the local olive oil business on the anniversary of Arafat’s death.  As I traveled from Bethlehem to Zababdeh, I passed a long line of buses with Palestinian flags fluttering out the windows, all headed to a commemoration in Ramallah.  After three […]

Zionism is a political agenda says former Zionist

Zionism is a political agenda says former Zionist

November 15, 2010 No Comments

EXCERPT FROM RICH SEIGEL’S WEBSITE: “Several years ago, as I got sick and tired of all the bad news coming from Israel, and caring deeply about it, I decided that I needed to educate myself thoroughly on the subject. I considered myself fairly well-read and well-informed, but I wanted to know everything. So, I began […]

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 […]

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The beginnings of Christmas in Bethlehem

This week, Christmas stores have popped up throughout Bethlehem. My favorite Christmas goodies 1.  Para-gliding, blow-up Santa 2.  Mix-CD...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: Preparing children for peace

CPTnet Volume 36, Issue 3 A newsletter written by members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams This autumn, a local...

Wadi Rahal villagers commit to non-violent resistance

In 1975, Wadi Rahal (The Valley of Travelers) villagers built the school where their kids are educated to this...

Ahava Flashmob

The Bathrobes Brigade has contacted numerous Dutch magazines to inform them about the ugly truth of Ahava beauty products...

Remembering Home

This year wasn’t my first Thanksgiving abroad, a holiday that is oh-so-North-American that celebrations overseas usually take on a...

Princeton Sabra hummus vote

PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton University students voted Monday in a referendum by a pro-Palestine student group on whether to...