Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nazareth – home of angels

I am staying for three days as a guest of an Anglican priest called Nael and his family Mira and Clara (3 years) here in Nazareth. They live in a top floor apartment in a newly built outer part of … Continue reading

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Desecration in Hebron

Today Geoff and I visited Hebron, hailed by my Lonely Planet guidebook as ‘without doubt the hidden jewel of the West Bank’. It is the largest Palestinian town, larger than Ramalla, and visiting it felt like a real adventure. Our … Continue reading

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A plea from Al-Quds University

Today Geoff, Jane, John and I visited Ramallah. Once we had negotiated the bus traffic jam we found streets bustling with fruit and bread sellers, and loads of small shops overflowing onto the pavement. We found Yasser Arafat’s tomb a … Continue reading

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Planting trees and Shabbat in a Jewish settlement

I’m feeling pretty snuffly and under-the-weather today, I was a guest for Shabbat at Ruth and Chris’s house in Har-Homa settlement near Jerusalem last night, but unfortunately had an allergic reaction to their cat. And the snuffles I started there … Continue reading

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Food and non-violence

Food will be a theme of this blog post! Zoughbi and I breakfast on fried eggs, labneh – a close relative of thick yoghurt or very gentle cream cheese – dried fruits, citrus fruits, and the flat breads called pitta … Continue reading

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My Birthday in Bethlehem

Sorry I didn’t post this blog last night, I was a bit too tired! I’m not sleeping as well as I usually do, maybe it’s the time difference, maybe just being in a new place, and in the middle of … Continue reading

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Tea and hospitality in Bethlehem

I just picked a lemon off a tree to slice and put in my tea. I’ve always wanted to pick a lemon! We are also eating popcorn that Zoughbi has made: I am being made extremely welcome at his apartment, … Continue reading

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