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January 16, 2011 Final Thoughts

Posted on Jan 16th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Dread and loathing at the airport Last night I purged my belongings of almost all evidence that I had been on the West Bank or that I had…

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January 15, 2011 My last quiet day

Posted on Jan 15th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

I thought my last day in Ramallah would be a reflective, low key day to catch up, finish blogging, look at my 700+ emails, and pack, when my host…

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January 14, 2011 An NGO is not a health care system

Posted on Jan 14th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

For the second week of the delegation, we divide into different interest groups and the medical folks are based in Nablus, working with Palestinian…

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January 10, 2011 Qalqilyia: On a clear day I can see Tel Aviv

Posted on Jan 10th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Qalqilyia, a bulge of land protruding westward against the Green Line, was the first city in 2002 to be fully enclosed by the separation wall, with…

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January 09, 2011 East Jerusalem

Posted on Jan 9th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

What is this, delusional? We were in the midst of a political tour of East Jerusalem with journalist and activist Abu Hassan, trying to comprehend…

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January 08, 2011 Pieces of the puzzle

Posted on Jan 8th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

This is a cozy scene. Three members of the delegation are bent over a Ravensburger Puzzle, Crystals of Enchantment, sorting through the thousand…

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January 07, 2011 Tear gassed in the Holy Land

Posted on Jan 7th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

If you are going to be tear gassed, I strongly suggest you rub Vicks Vapor Rub in your nostrils, bring an onion to smell, or alcohol swabs although…

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January 07, 2011 Breaking the siege of Gaza with SKYPE

Posted on Jan 7th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

A torrential rain sweeps through Nablus, the city of hills, and the street is briefly turned into a rushing river as we come to meet Dr. Allam…

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January 06, 2011 Who profits from the occupation?

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

As we learn more about the BDS movement, a critical question emerges: what companies are involved with which activities that ultimately sustain the…

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January 06, 2011 The skeletons in the closet

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

I have been reading about the Israeli governmental criticism and talk of censorship of left wing academics in Israel and I am eager to meet a…

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January 06, 2011 How I became a human smuggler

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

I have to confess, we were not prepared. We were not even aware of the white-faced American mostly Jewish privileged skin in which we were living.…

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January 06, 2011 The nuances of BDS, How can Israelis boycott themselves?

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Because most Israelis are opposed to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction movement, I am very interested in hearing from Kobi Snitz, a thin, intense man…

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January 06, 2011 Balata Refugee Camp, Existence is Resistance

Posted on Jan 6th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

The Yaffa Guest House in the Balata Refugee Camp just outside of Nablus is new. There are quarters for men and for women, a well equipped kitchen…

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January 05, 2011 Settlement products: Boycott PA style

Posted on Jan 5th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Many US activists are becoming increasingly involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement as a nonviolent tactic to change Israeli…

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January 04, 2011 The very arbitrary, extreme banality of power

Posted on Jan 4th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

We return from Ramallah to East Jerusalem to join the health and human rights delegation and once again I am taken aback by the daily outrages that…

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January 04, 2011 I am here to save the Jews from Israel

Posted on Jan 4th, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Saed Abu Hijeh, an intense Palestinian human geographer, poet, and radio host, greets us in his garden in Nablus, explaining that this is where is…

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January 03, 2011 Ramallah Fragments

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

The dangerous qanun and the intoxication of power We leave the taxi at Qalandia checkpoint and for 50 shekels grab a ride in the back of a truck…

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December 29 to 31, 2010

Posted on Jan 1st, 2011 - By Alice Rothchild

Two agnostic Jews, a recovering Catholic, and a Druze walk into a monastery…. I am always jolted by the contradictions of Ben Gurion airport, a…

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