Day Fifteen – A Meeting with the PLO

I must admit, walking up the the offices of the national headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Ramallah was a bit surreal.  For many years, the PLO was, to the West, synonymous with terror all that is was wrong in the Middle East. In recent years, the Organization has changed, according to their own pronouncements, […]

Day Twelve – Hebron and Christian Peacemaker Teams

The most pressing problem in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the challenge presented by the settlements in the West Bank.  We will travel to a settlement tomorrow and will have more details there on the Settlement movement.  Briefly, Settlements are intentional Israeli communities, established in the West Bank, that are either legitimate endeavors based on the rightful […]

Day Eleven – An Arab-Israeli advocate

  We have met with civil rights advocates for the two major racial/ethnic groups in Israel/Palestine:  Palestinian refugees and Jewish-Israelis.  Today, we met with Amjad Iraqi, a attorney who works with the Adalah, a civil rights organization located in coastal city of Haifa. Adalah Adalah (“Justice” in Arabic) is an independent human rights organization and legal […]

Day Ten, Part I – Breaking the Silence

[NOTE:  There will be two posts today, given the distinctly different focus of the events our group experienced.  This first will deal with a presentation from an individual  that was critical of the Israel army’s involvement in policing the Occupied territory – albeit from an individual generally supportive of Israel (and former IDF member).  The second will […]

Day Nine – A Refugee Camp

There were no tents, no mess hall, no flag pole – there was nothing “campy” about the Dheisheh refuge camp just south of Bethlehem.  I don’t know if i was expecting any of these typical camp amenities, but I wasn’t prepared for what i did find.  This camp did not have any tents – having moved […]

Day Seven – Interfaith Encounter

Today we met with Dr. Yehuda Stolov, who is the Executive Director of the  Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) and has been active in the interfaith field for over 16 years.  He brings a deep dedication to the fulfillment of the vision established over forty years ago. Here’s his TED talk on the topic. We met with Dr. Stolov in […]