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Banned from Boston, December 3, 2015

Posted on Dec 5th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I was planning to reflect on the last few months during which the international community has awakened to the horrors of the war in Syria, the…

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With all due respect to Harry Potter, November 4, 2015

Posted on Nov 4th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Dear JK Rowling, To be honest, I am probably one of the few people on the planet who has never read your books. But I know your stories of fantasy…

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In memoriam: Hashem Al-‘Azza October 29, 2015

Posted on Oct 29th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

On October 29, 2015 The Boston Globe reports 11 Israelis killed, 127 injured, 58 Palestinians killed, 2100 injured in what is usually referred to as…

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A Busy Week: Bringing Gaza home, October 2, 2015

Posted on Oct 2nd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

This has been a busy week with four presentations on Gaza in Albany, Hartford, and West Barnstable, the latter two as part of the Ninth Annual Tree…

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Bedford’s Third Friday Film Series, September 19, 2015

Posted on Sep 19th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Thirty five people came to the kick off for Bedford’s First Parish Peace and Justice Committee as the "Third Friday Film Series" for 2015-2016. …

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Breaking the siege, one video camera at a time, September 1, 2015

Posted on Sep 1st, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

It is not often that one has the opportunity to break the siege of Gaza without getting into the crosshairs of the Israeli navy. On March 25th of…

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Report back from the White Mountains August 29, 2015

Posted on Aug 29th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

World Fellowship Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a warm and welcoming family retreat that has provided a place for progressive…

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Gaza comes to the Berkshires, August 2015

Posted on Aug 21st, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I just completed two events in Western Mass, one at Café Palestina in Great Barrington and another at a private home in Montague. In total almost 50…

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But your name is Rothschild…. August 2, 2015

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I am sometimes asked, “How can you do what you do when your name is Rothschild?” Or I get a facebook comment: “Never trust a Rothschild,…

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Freud meets Palestine – July 27, 2015

Posted on Jul 27th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

As a physician/activist interested in the political as well as psychodynamic foundations of the ongoing struggles in Israel/Palestine it was an…

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April 6, 2015, The Great Escape

Posted on Apr 6th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I have been saving this Kalandia escapade from April 2 and now I have a follow-up story four days later to share as well. My Ramallah host drives…

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April 5, 2015, Home Visits In Jalazone

Posted on Apr 5th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

M. has been a psychologist at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture for six years. After a lively supervision session with…

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April 3, 2015, What’s Mine Is Mine And What’s Yours Is Mine

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

It is Good Friday and Erev Pesach and I am celebrating the day by taking you, dear reader, on an exploration of the landscape of occupied…

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April 1, 2015, The Aim Of Torture Is To Kill The Soul

Posted on Apr 1st, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

It is a grey, rainy, foggy day, but I first need to describe the view from the lovely apartment where I am staying in Al Bireh, an area just east of…

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March 31, 2015, Traveling While Muslim

Posted on Mar 31st, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I am sitting in the Jerusalem Hotel sipping coffee and taking a deep breath for the first time in a while, having had more than the usual…

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March 30, 2015 part two, Here Death, There Death, But Let Me Do Something Useful For People

Posted on Mar 30th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The Wefaq Society for Women and Child Care founded in 2010, seeks to achieve gender equality and improvement for vulnerable children through economic…

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March 30, 2015 part one, We Don’t Hate You, We Just Don’t Understand What You Are Thinking Of Us

Posted on Mar 30th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Another sunny day in Gaza, another ride along the beckoning Mediterranean, another trip where the smell of raw sewerage permeates the car for…

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March 29, 2015, So If You Killed My Child, You Think You Are Strong?

Posted on Mar 29th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

One of the greatest casualties of the ongoing war on Gaza is childhood. The Gaza Community Mental Health Program Deir al Balah Community Center has…

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March 28, 2015, Sisterhood is still powerful

Posted on Mar 28th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The Al Bureij refugee camp is located in the Middle Governate of Gaza on the eastern side of the main north/south road, Salah-ed-deen, which used to…

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March 27, 2015 This could be my reality.

Posted on Mar 27th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The day started with a shock, it seems that today is day light savings time in Gaza (who knew?) and I have already lost an hour. This doesn’t seem…

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March 26, 2015 part two, We Are Not Numbers

Posted on Mar 26th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Because Gaza is so isolated with the long standing blockade and constricting siege, visitors are often asked to multitask as sherpas, bringing…

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March 26, 2015 part one, Sunshine, sand, and post assault dysphoria

Posted on Mar 26th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

In another universe, driving along the coast of the Mediterranean would be one of those vacation dreams filled with fresh fish and relaxing moments…

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March 25, 2015, What do you say to a mother who has lost everything? Jump into the sky.

Posted on Mar 25th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Today I return to the Aisha Association for Woman and Child Protection to learn more about the impact of war on women and their families. I am joined…

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March 24, 2015 part three, Passport toilet paper

Posted on Mar 24th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

There is a photo hanging in my home of a juicy looking orange hanging from a tree; the fruit is pierced by a large screw, a brutal metaphor for the…

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March 24, 2015 part two, Happy (late) Mother’s Day Pink Bunny

Posted on Mar 24th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

When the taxi stops in front of a large institutional looking building, the Palestine Avenir (is that Avenue lost in translation or what?) for…

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March 24, 2015 part one, The Most Massive Child Abuse In The World

Posted on Mar 24th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, has been given an impossible task.  Originally a…

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March 23, 2015 part four, I want you to see what is beautiful!

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Through some personal connections in Detroit, I end up calling two cousins who live in Gaza City, planning to share with them my documentary film,…

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March 23, 2015 part three, Patriarchy, addiction, poverty and the crushing culture of violence: The constriction of women’s bodies and minds

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The UN OCHA data is blunt: The 2014 military operation in Gaza left 302 women and 582 children dead, 10,870 wounded, (2,120 women and 3,303…

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March 23, 2015 part two, Kindergarten: see German definition: Children’s garden

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Wejdan Diab, Marwan Diab’s sister, welcomes me to the Meera Kindergarten in Gaza City where the walls are painted Disney bright; I spot many…

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March 23, 2015 part one, Running on Empty

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I first met Dr. Mona El-Farra several years ago in Washington DC and I have followed her work and reports primarily through the Middle East…

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March 22, 2015 part two, No time to mourn

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

I first saw the spanking new administrative buildings for the Gaza Community Mental Health Program in 2005; ten years later there is a rusty…

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March 22, 2015 part one, Mish mushkela, No problem

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The drive to Erez checkpoint is deceptively bucolic as the rain trickles through lush rolling farmland, vineyards, fruit trees, wineries reminiscent…

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March 21, 2015, History in the hills: what keeps me up at night

Posted on Mar 21st, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

The Shabbat streets are quiet and a cool cloudy day soon punctuated by a more serious rain greets me and my colleague as we take a taxi to Neve…

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March 20, 2015, Schmoozing East Jerusalem style

Posted on Mar 20th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Friday is a get-over-jet-lag schmooze-with-friends-and-colleagues kind of day, much of it spent in a lovely modern apartment in the Germany Colony, a…

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March 19, 2015, Guilty as charged: I did once have a Jawal Card.

Posted on Mar 19th, 2015 - By Alice Rothchild

Two weeks ago when the permit to Gaza finally arrived the travel nightmares began, lost luggage, harsh Israeli interrogators, forgetting a flight,…

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Welcome to Israel, Bien Venue

Posted on Jun 12th, 2014 - By Alice Rothchild

I often encounter some metaphorical weirdness on my flights to Israel, and, true to form, on my layover in Toronto, my flight leaves from gate E69,…

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