Category Archives: Spirituality

The Little Things

Today in Bethlehem and all over Palestine, young people got the scores of their tawjihi exams, which are the exit exams that every student here takes at the end of high school. From the time I was eating breakfast at 7:45 … Continue reading

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Nabi Saleh

This is Samir with my friend Haneen. Samir is 5 years old. A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mariam asked Samir what he dreamed, and he replied “I dream of going to bed on Thursday and waking up on … Continue reading

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A Land of Polar Opposites

Two weeks ago I watched from out a window as four children, two brothers and two sisters, played on a dirty rooftop. Their toys were sand, which they gathered into piles, attempted to shape into structures, then sprinkled mischievously on the heads … Continue reading

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Cautious Optimism

“But we remain optimistic because we are human beings who believe in coexistence, equality, peace, and freedom. Pessimists are those who believe in tribalism, racism, conflict, and the need for military might. In the long run, we are more numerous … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness

Besides furthering my education, the most important reason that I am spending a summer on the opposite side of the world from my home is to stand as a witness to the struggle of the Palestinian people. I have to … Continue reading

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Why did the world stop?

If your first response to the question is “but uh, the world didn’t stop, it’s still spinning like everr!! duhh!!” then this question is not for you. In fact, questions in general are probably not for you and you should … Continue reading

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Heaven’s not a place that you go when you die, it’s that moment in life when you actually feel alive

I was looking through old, old friends’ pages on facebook tonight (morning?) and I was so happy to have all these old memories come back, to see these people that I remember from my childhood and adolescence. Social networks are … Continue reading

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