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How do you condense a trip that changed your life into a Powerpoint presentation?

I’m scheduled to give a talk about my trip to the Holy Lands next week, so I need to prepare for it. But I’m struggling with it, to be honest. Perhaps there’s a fear that I won’t do the wonderful … Continue reading

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Thoughts on 12 Years a Slave – and looking for the seeds of hope in Israel/Palestine

Last night my friend and I went to watch 12 Years a Slave on Odeon’s cheap night. It certainly portrays the violence and brutality of slavery in the southern US states in the mid 19th century, but it includes so … Continue reading

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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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