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[17 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Inside the Israeli Conundrum: Insights from Mati Milstein – Part 2

Connection Point Director
Yasmina Mrabet interviewed writer and photojournalist Mati Milstein about his recent book, My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum.
His responses are below. This is the second part of a two-part interview. Read part one here.
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You mentioned that you wanted to remove readers from their comfort zone. Do you feel you have removed yourself from your comfort zone? And if so, in what ways?
I was terrified of Palestinians. I was terrified of entering the West Bank. It was a place I didn’t know and didn’t understand. It was a place where …

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[17 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
Inside the Israeli Conundrum: Insights from Mati Milstein – Part 1

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed writer and photojournalist Mati Milstein about his recent book, My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum. His responses are below. This is the first part of a two-part interview. Read part two here.
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What was the inspiration and intent behind your recently published book My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum? Why was it important for you to share this part of your life?
The chapters that make up My New Middle East were written as newspaper columns over the course of ten years. The intention of …

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[16 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Neda Was in My House – In Jerusalem!

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine

“It’s critical (critical!) to learn about past and present injustices and indignities, but counterproductive to let history hold us back.”
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Neda* was in my house. In Jerusalem! A friend sneaked her in from Ramallah. It’s not easy getting past the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint or around the Annexation Wall. But Palestinians have their ways. If they need to get to work or want to shop at the mall or have to visit a sick relative, they get creative. And Neda had a critical mission to fulfill—exploring historic …

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[18 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Hope from Bethlehem

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Bethlehem, Palestine 
“We are hopeful because history is not static.”
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Thumbing its nose at the international community in this holiday season, the Israeli government is going ahead with building thousands of housing units in existing and new Jewish colonization settlements in the Bethlehem and Jerusalem areas. After living 29 years in the US, it is not easy to be living in Bethlehem area.  Life can be at times hard, exhilarating, depressing, fun, and hopeful. Israel occupied this area in 1967, but the landscape had begun to change well before that. In 1948, …