A Long Day: waking up in Israel, going to bed in Palestine 

One Friday morning recently I woke up in my friend Tomer's apartment in a town outside Tel Aviv. I had arrived from London the evening before and Tomer, who I had met picking olives the previous autumn in Palestine, had kindly picked me up from the airport. One of the first things he told me … Continue reading A Long Day: waking up in Israel, going to bed in Palestine 

Cycling Towards The Sea: freedom of movement

My plan is to post this piece on Thursday 11th May. I'm lucky enough to be going for a bike ride on that day with a friend who's recently returned to London after a few months overseas. Cycling is one of the things we like doing together. We plan a route, briefly disagree about what … Continue reading Cycling Towards The Sea: freedom of movement

Art Imitating Life: tourism starts acting up in Palestine

I've had a few conversations with friends about how great it would be if more tourists found their way to Palestine: an old land full of ancient places with familiar names; rotund olive trees grown wonderfully gnarled with time; and fabulously warm hospitality. Sadly, though, Palestine isn't normally associated with these things, and the culture is seen … Continue reading Art Imitating Life: tourism starts acting up in Palestine

House fire v. house demolitions: the difference a birthplace makes

Last week it was exactly a year since my flat caught fire. I expected to write about it here, to feel the pull to reflect on and pick over the event. But I found I didn't have much to say. I did walk around the house last week on that day feeling a bit slow, … Continue reading House fire v. house demolitions: the difference a birthplace makes

Poem for Palestine: As Far As The Eye Can See

In my previous post I wrote about just one of the many stories I heard and distressing sights I saw while in Palestine last autumn. This is a poem I wrote the day before going to help with the olive harvest in a village called Deir Istyia in the West Bank: As far as the … Continue reading Poem for Palestine: As Far As The Eye Can See

Palestine; Israel

Palestine and Israel in the headlines Palestine and Israel seem to have been in the news a lot recently. On 23rd December a resolution was adopted by the UN security council for all Israeli settlement in the occupied territories to be halted. This resolution was passed by virtue of the US abstention from voting - as … Continue reading Palestine; Israel

BDS: activist-related acronym #2

Boycotting: help or hindrance?  The other day the subject of hummus came up. I said I didn't buy the brand 'Sabra' anymore as it's made in Israel and this is a way for me to take a stand against the military occupation of Palestine by Israel. A conversation followed about the pros and cons of … Continue reading BDS: activist-related acronym #2