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High Holidays

It was عيد الفطر (Eid ul-Fitr) this week, the festival that celebrates the end of رمضان Ramadan. Family visits are accustomary on a holiday. In previous years I remember traffic jams and long lines of pedestrians at the checkpoints. In … Continue reading

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Time

  Freedom of movement, freedom of worship, the freedom to control one’s own time, to be able to assess how long it will take to get back home. Pictured: Palestinians waiting, Friday, September 4th, 2009, at the Bethlehem checkpoint. The … Continue reading

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Ramadan in Qalandiya

The Friday prayers that take place at Al-Aqsa mosque during the month of Ramadan are a religious duty of the highest esteem. Thousands of believers from all over the West Bank try to make it through to Jerusalem, for the … Continue reading

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“Is this South Africa?”

   At 4.05am a woman exits the carousel. The carousel won’t turn, and she is locked inside (for the first few minutes the carousel is not in constant motion, and practically all those exiting Eyal terminal get locked in). She … Continue reading

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Critical Reading

(This post was published in Hebrew on July 1st. Its translation was delayed due to technical problems – Aryeh) I went today (June 30) on a tour following Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff’s report (Haaretz, June 24, 2009) that following … Continue reading

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A Man Who Earns $7 a Day Shared with Me His Breakfast (Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water, part II)

  For Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water, part I click here.   4:40am  It is hard to estimate how many workers are here. Certainly several thousands. Mostly men, but here and there some women can be noticed. The … Continue reading

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Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water

  Although this is a land border, it is nothing like a land border. Land borders are commonly furnished by a different décor, more elegant and orderly. Here the décor is overpowering – tall electronic fences (about 2.5 meters high). … Continue reading

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