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The Plight of the Bedouin – in Israel and the West Bank

“Keep talking and negotiating until there is nothing left to talk about, as all the land will have been swallowed up.” I had the privilege on Wednesday 8th March, to be part of a group visiting the Israeli Bedouin village … Continue reading

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Occupied by Water – Golan, Gaza and the Wisdom of Solomon

In the past natural resources have usually referred to oil and gas, now water is becoming one of the most precious and increasingly rare commodities. In the Middle East, in particular, oil has been the source of great conflict. There … Continue reading

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Banksy, Balfour and Bethlehem

November 2nd 1917: “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavour to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing … Continue reading

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Going Between revisited

As a member of the Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine executive I am often introduced as the Jewish member of the committee. In fact, as my mother was a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia in 1938, I am indeed fully Jewish, … Continue reading

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Religious Extremism

 “Christ at the Checkpoint 4: The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism” – What would Christ say and do if he were to stand in front of a checkpoint today? The conference was organised by Palestinian Christians through the Bethlehem … Continue reading

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Hebron a vibrant City with a Centre that has Lost its Heart.

The photo above is of a famous Hebron landmark. The Happy Bunny cafe closed a long time ago, well before 2009 when I spent 3 months in an EAPPI apartment just up the hill from it. It has fond memories … Continue reading

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Nablus March 3rd 2016

Still in Nablus, which was in lockdown this morning because the IOF were searching for someone. In fact I was advised not to leave my hotel last night. Thankfully I am staying until tomorrow anyway. We had decided to visit Mount … Continue reading

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Buildings, Demolitions and life in the South Hebron Hills

You will hear a lot about Hamed on this blog. he is an incredible man with apparently boundless energy and passion in working towards the well being of anyone he sees in need. He is Director of the Hebron International Resources Network, … Continue reading

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From Jerusalem to Nablus – 3rd March

I have noticed over the years that those who want to discredit Palestinians either show pockets of Palestinian affluence as proof that they are actually doing rather well under Israeli occupation or, where there are areas of real deprivation, that … Continue reading

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Jerusalem 1st March 2016

I had just one day in Jerusalem on this visit. I always like to begin in Jerusalem and spend a couple of nights there to acclimatize.  It is always interesting to see the changes, sometimes subtle, as well as to … Continue reading

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