Absurdity of Occupation

Occupation is all around me here, from obvious signs like the wall and checkpoints to the less obvious (at least to the newcomer) of bus systems and permits. The wall is the biggest, most obvious sign of occupation, when combined with the Settlements and checkpoints there is no denying the situation. However, Israel likes to…

#MeToo

When I arrived here almost two months ago (already?), one of my first jobs was to pack the latet copy of the Sabeel magazine ‘Cornerstone’ ready for shipping to various people around the world. This edition (available here) was written on the vary difficult and divisive issue of sexual harassment in Palestine and Israel. There…

Peaceful Pretense!

“…our security and our influence was won not just by our military might, not just by our wealth, not just by our ability to bend others to our will, but from our capacity to inspire others with our adherence to a set of universal values, like rule of law and human rights, and an insistence…

Having Doubts…

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” Khalil Gibran I was having one of those days today. One of those days when you wonder whether you are doing the right thing, whether you are out of your depth, whether you are lacking in the skills needed to do…

A table together?

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who…

Bread of Life

So my first week working in the Holy Land is at an end. It’s been a week of learning, thinking and most of all listening. Listening to future plans, listening to the languages around me, listening to different people from different backgrounds, but more importantly listening to God. One thing I was privileged to take…

‘Two Cities. One Break’?

The current television advertising campaign by the Israeli Tourist Board uses the slogan ‘Two Cities. One Break’ as it’s basis, focussing on the cities of Tel Aviv (modern metropolitan city with beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Coast) and Jerusalem (the holy city). The campaign uses images of smiling people on the beach and in nightclubs…

‘Make me a channel of your peace’

Make me a channel of your peace Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope Where there is darkness, only light And where there’s sadness ever joy. For me, and I think it’s safe to say everyone on this trip, these words and this weel kent hymn by Jon Cohen will have new meaning…

“If there’s nowhere n the world for us…”

“If there’s nowhere in the world for us, let NASA build us a home up there” Eid These words are slightly tounge-in-cheek but none the less a heartbreaking window into the problems of part of the Jahalin Bedouin Tribe near the Jericho road. This large family group were denied permission to build a school on…

Sad Friday and Easter Sturday

Today is Sad Friday in the Orthodox calendar. The time when evening services are held to enact Jesus’ funeral. A sad occasion with flowers, funerial chants and weeping. A time to stop and take stock of what has passed and what is still to come. In the West we call the Friday before Easter Sunday,…