My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My Travel Through Instagram: Recapping the Last Two Months in Israel-Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa

My international travel is drawing to an end, and I thought it might be helpful for those who follow the blog but do not have access to Instagram to see an overview of my Instagram posts and stories. Here are some highlights from each location. ISRAEL-PALESTINE August 7, 2015 Their bodies arose early so their […]

Creating Painful Space Inside Ourselves: Thoughts on Wombs and Compassion

Creating Painful Space Inside Ourselves: Thoughts on Wombs and Compassion

This piece was originally published on the Tokens Show Blog on Sept 17, 2015.  I am not a mother. This must be clear as I begin writing thoughts that involve wombs: I don’t have one and never will. I never spent much time thinking about wombs. I suppose the word has most often conjured up […]

Something Broke: An Israeli Soldier’s Journey to Become a Combatant for Peace

“In this country I really love, there’s something seriously wounded that has to be healed. I have to be involved in some way.” It was the Oslo years—“peace time”—and Moran Zamir wondered if he would even need to join the Israeli army (IDF). “There was lots of hope,” he told me, as we sat outside […]

“I Don’t Want Coffee”: On Dignity, Occupation, and Peace

Edward Mabouri* is a well-known man. More importantly, he is well-respected. His successful business has brought him wealth and admiration in Bethlehem society. His business privilege has even allowed him to fly out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, a privilege denied to most every other Palestinian. Despite his aged and limping body, airport security still […]

My Next Three Months: Stories of Reconciliation

Newark Airport – This is the sixth time I’ve done this—leaving the country for three months. Fall of 2008 was my college study abroad in Vienna. In the summer of 2010, I lived in the West Bank volunteering at the Al Basma Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Winter/Spring of 2012, I returned to the West Bank […]