Monthly Archives: January 2015

Political Archaeology in the West Bank

Hamed picked me up from Hebron at 7am. Naheel and Issam gave me a wonderful picnic breakfast to take and then, unexpectedly Hamed stopped at a roadside stall where we got coffee and pita filled with egg and cheese! So … Continue reading

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Hebron – a City divided

Hamed, his wife and youngest son picked me up from Bethlehem, where he had been for a meeting. As we sped into Hebron I noticed a fast food outlet I had not seen before. It was KFC! I am not … Continue reading

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Bethlehem – Art, Natural History and Palestinian Christians

As I left the hotel in West Jerusalem I made a sad observation. I needed to get a bus to Bethlehem. The bus station is near the Damascus Gate. The hotel quoted 30 shekels for a taxi to the Damascus … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Thursday 22nd January – Bereavement and Politics

Thursday was our last day. In the morning we had a meeting with mothers from the Bereaved Families Forum in Bethlehem. The Bereaved Families Forum, also known as Parents Circle Families Forum,  http://www.theparentscircle.org, is a joint Palestinian Israeli organisation of over 600 families, … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Wednesday 21st – Breaking the day and The Silence

At 7am we joined the Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh gathering at the Western Wall. Women of the Wall, or Neshot Hakotel נשות הכותל in Hebrew, is a group of Jewish women from around the world who strive to … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Tuesday 20th January – a heartbreaking day.

Our visit to the Ofer Military Court was the most heartbreaking experience of the whole of the trip. I thought I was reasonably knowledgeable about Israeli military law for the Palestinians living in Area C of the West Bank, but … Continue reading

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Day 2 – 20th Jan 2015 – Checkpoints and Settlements

This trip was never going to be a picnic, but meetings over breakfast, lunch and supper were a lot to take in. 8-10am am Meeting with Hagit Ofran over breakfast (TBC) Born in Jerusalem and raised in a politically-minded, Orthodox … Continue reading

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