Booknut

Booknut
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Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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March 08
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I am a social activist (not afraid to call myself LIBERAL in capital letters) who is passionate about peace and loves to read, travel to developing countries, listen to/see provocative lectures and plays -- and drink mojitos!

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NOVEMBER 20, 2012 12:49PM

4 myths about the Israeli war on Gaza

As Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, and factions within the beleaguered territory retaliate as best they can, there are many myths and stereotypes dominating mainstream media coverage, and many conversations.

Here are a few of the most common misunderstandings:

Myth: Hamas started the r/… Read full post »

Since returning from Pakistan, a number of "armchair critics" have questioned the delegation's motivations and effectiveness. This is my response, first published on OpenDemocracy.

I am one of the 31 Americans from CODEPINK who journeyed to Pakistan to shine a spotlight on U.S. drone attacks thaRead full post »

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OCTOBER 23, 2012 3:05PM

Pakistan: A land of competing narratives

After a horrifically interminable 48 hours of traveling, I am at home, and looking back at my trip to Pakistan with a bit more distance and perspective. If there is a unifying theme as my thoughts crystallize it is this: There is always more than one narrative, and it is incumbent upon/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 4:37PM

Let's talk about the Taliban..

Throughout my stay in Pakistan, I have been noting similarities in the challenges faced by the people in the frontier regions here and in Gaza.  Both populations are under daily threat by foreign drones (U.S. vs. Israel), the movement of both groups is tightly controlled, and both peoples are ju… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2012 1:19PM

On the road to Waziristan...

Our road to drone-ravaged Waziristan was a long and winding one, at times frightening, surrealistic and frustrating, but always exhilarating and significant.

It officially began Friday morning, when we joined officials from PTI, the political party of Imran Khan, and Clive Stafford-Smith from the UK&… Read full post »

“I will never forget what the American soldiers did to my country, my tribe and my family.  They violated our national sovereignty and our Islamic laws. They killed my son and my younger brother.  They destroyed my home. If I see the soldiers who are responsible for this – if IRead full post »

Abdul was just 20 years old when he drove his father to the medical clinic one day for an exam. He dropped his father off, then left to run a few errands, saying nonchalantly that he would be back by the time the tests were done. But..he never showed up at… Read full post »

Nine of us arrived in Islamabad very early Wednesday, at 3 a.m. It was a long flight, but our fatigue didn’t last long…We walked into the terminal to the waiting arms of a throng of welcomers, throwing rose petals, taking pictures and chanting.  

Distrust of America is stron… Read full post »

My friends and family have gradually gotten used to the fact that the fight for Palestinian rights is my passion; they may not understand it totally, but they accept and even embrace it. A few have even occasionally asked me why I don’t just move to the Gaza Strip, where I… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2012 3:06AM

Let there be light

 

There are so many basic things most of us take for granted….like, electricity. But in Gaza — especially these days — it’s a precious commodity.

Power (of the electrical kind) has been rationed to some extent ever since I started visiting Gaza in 2009. As a freelance wr… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 5, 2011 7:05AM

Gazans neglected as Egypt revolt rages

As all eyes of the world are on the Egyptian protesters struggling to oust Hosni Mubarak from power, residents of the Gaza Strip are struggling to cope with the ripple effects. With the border between the two abandoned and sealed shut, fuel imports have been cut off, and hundreds of peopleRead full post »

As news of the uprisings in a growing number of Arab countries spread like wildfire around the world, residents of other countries struggling under their own oppressive governments and soaring unemployment were celebrating on the streets, on Twitter and on Facebook. The occupied Gaza Strip was no excRead full post »

 In my last post I rather critically examined the motivations and impact of foreign visitors to Palestine. And I received several very good comments in return. (I hope more of you will comment via email, or on this site now that the comment function is turned on.)

I excerpt a fewRead full post »

Just as humans by their very nature tend to “gawk” when driving by traffic accidents, people seem to gravitate to places that have appeared in the news for all the wrong reasons. Thus, the term “disaster tourism” has been coined, describing the phenomenon of travellers visitin… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2011 8:39AM

Gaza: Home, sweet home

No matter how many times I come to Gaza, each time I enter it is the same.With each step I am able to take in the game of chess it takes to get into the Strip, my heart beats a little faster. …until I finally pass every obstacle thrown in my wayRead full post »

This will be my fourth trip to Gaza over the last two years. Warned by my contacts at UNRWA (United Nations Relief & Works Agency) that Israel has cracked down on traffic through its Erez checkpoint since the Mavi Marmara murders, I decided to travel in through Egypt instead. It wasRead full post »

JULY 25, 2010 5:27PM

Wanderlust and new adventures...

The last time I wrote I was still living in Gaza City, debating whether to stay or return to the States. Ultimately, I decided it was time to return to my “other home” – for my two daughters (the youngest of whom was graduating from high school), my health (the lackRead full post »

 I have been away from "home" (I put that in quotation marks, since the concept has become a little fluid for me) since Dec. 27:  40 days in Cairo, trying to get into Gaza through Rafah, unsuccessfully. Then -- after friends at UNRWA intervened and got me in through Israel's Erez/Read full post »

With the never-ending stream of news about Israeli incursions, crushing poverty, skyrocketing unemployment and scarce healthcare, success stories coming out of Gaza may seem an oxymoron. But they are there – you just have to look a little harder for them. A case in point is the four Jadallah brRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2010 6:05PM

Medical care held hostage

Since I last wrote, my life has taken some crazy turns. I left Gaza to work for a new Council for European-Palestinian Relations in Brussels, but after two weeks of unremitting bad luck/karma, I returned to the comfort of  my friends in Gaza and am continuing my work from here. IRead full post »

March 16  is the seventh anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteer who was run over by an Israeli army bulldozer while she was trying to stop the demolition of a home in the Gaza Strip. Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, a/Read full post »

Trying to make a living as a farmer in Gaza these days is taking a toll on the family ties so integral to the Palestinian culture. Traditionally, occupations are passed from father to son for generations, and their tie to the land is particularly strong. Before Israel imposed a suffocating blockadeRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2010 3:06PM

What principles does Harvard stand for?

 

Racism must be stamped out wherever it occurs, but when it rears its ugly head in an institution as prestigious as Harvard University, an immediate, international response – including punishment of the offender – is required if we are to defend our status as an enlightened society.Read full post »

 

This is an editorial I have written for the Palestine Telegraph, for which I am working now, and that I hope to place as an op-ed elsewhere. Btw, I encourage everyone to read the book, Kill Khalid, which documents the Mossad's earlier attempt on Mishaal's life. It is a fascinating read/Read full post »

Below is an article I have written for the Inter Press Service on "growing up as a girl in Gaza." At the conclusion, I have added some personal thoughts that didn't make it into this word-limited article.

To talk to girls growing up in Gaza is to encounter a mass ofRead full post »