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Archive for May, 2009

In the meantime

We do owe you a post and I promise it won’t take us much longer.  But as we are still in silence I recommend you this article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8073836.stm

Enjoy and be patient. I hope you understand and we still would be very happy for any sort of comments from your side!! 🙂

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While we have been lacking an update in the past days, I want to ask you to watch a video on youtube in the meantime. It is a short introduction to the situation in Hebron, where there is an Israeli settlement literally inside the Palestinian city. We have been there recently and you will be able to read about our visit shortly. This video should give you a first impression. Enjoy!

 

(B’Tselem has published a lot of footage that I would recommend you to watch anyway. Just follow the links on youtube 🙂 )

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I have been continuously angry at international media for failing to cover the Israel-Palestine conflict, or rather, the current situation in Palestine, thus the Israeli occupation. The scarce reporting makes the occupation to seem somewhat secular in global issues and leads people to believe in stereotypes of Palestinian terrorists and to never question Israel’s discriminatory policies – simply because nobody reports about them. (I apologize for stretching this point in an extreme manner.)

Of course however I should not make generalizations hence why at this point I would like to point out the BBC website that covers the situation very well. It is ironic how I sense that they show solidarity to Palestine simply because they report about it.

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A deserted Tale

Walking through the desert

Walking through the desert

Nobody can spend all their time being concerned about politics, world issues and injustice. Neither can we, so we decided to go for a overnight trip to the desert. However, Palestine can never escape the fact that it’s under occupation. And neither can we.

It was six of us going, five internationals and one Palestinian. He was going to be our ‘guide’ on a five-hour walk through the desert near Jericho. We got a taxi and were driving through a beautiful scenery. There was nothing but beige mountains all around us. Every now and then we would have to stop as Bedoins were crossing the street with their goats. It was when we stopped because of a camel that I realized: I am in the Middle East – I am actually in the desert!

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As interesting as our written posts are, we realize how much people like to actually be able to see things, and that is why we try to put on our blog as many pictures as possible. Pictures help to  imagine the place. We hope that after looking at the pictures some people will decide to visit Palestine as there are many beautiful, interesting and historic sites to visit here 🙂

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Yummy:)

People generally picture Palestine as a conflict zone, as occupied territories, as an unresolved issue, as a place where human rights violations are common, but Palestine is not only about that as we tried to show in some previous posts. Culture, tradition and food which make Palestine different from other places tend to be overlooked. And that is why here I would like to present a typical Palestinian dish – Maklouba – by sharing with you the recipe. Those who like cooking should try to prepare it. I highly recommend it 🙂

Ingredients (for six people):

  • 6 pieces of chicken 
  • 2 onions
  • 500g of cauliflower
  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 500g of rice
  • thin plain noodles (if possible)
  • 4-5 bay  leaves.
  • 1/2 table spoon of cumin
  • natural yoghurt and/or a salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, spring onions, salt and lemon)
  • 1/2 table spoon of pepper
  • 1 table spoon of salt (more…)

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While we were in Mahmoud’s house, he got a call from Mohammed, the other Palestinian arrested three weeks ago, who is still in jail. Mohammed said that he was transferred to another jail, where the conditions were slightly better. He still wasn’t sure how long he would remain in jail. His trial was supposed to take place on the 21st of May (tomorrow). Al Ma’sara solidarity group, who bring together international volunteers, were collecting people who would wish to attend the trial and show support for Mahmud’s case. However, in order to be allowed in, they would have to provide Israelis with their passport numbers which may be used by Israeli authorities against them while leaving or entering the country in the future. In my opinion, they attempt to discourage people from attending as they do not want the international presence at a trial where no charges were brought against the accused. (more…)

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