Category Archives: Summer 2012 Bethlehem

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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Transcending cultural divides

Last week there was a music festival at a local community center called Dandanat. The festival was sponsored by both Swedish and local companies and had both Swedish and Palestinian bands. On Saturday, the last day of the festival, the … 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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Frustration where hope should be

“In general, people are very demoralized because of the occupation, because of frustration…” – Zoughbi Zoughbi Last Friday, I attended an inspiring mass service at Cremisan Monastery for the International Day of Peace. We even sang Kumbaya, and international guests … Continue reading

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Day trip to Zababdeh

On Wednesday I took a day trip with an American (actually she was from Madison, WI!) visitor named Joan and a member of Wi’am’s staff named Usama Nicola. The two of them were planning the details of a trip that … Continue reading

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