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

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Bethlehem, Palestine 
“We are hopeful because history is not static.”
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, …

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[13 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Do Pigs Fly – Or Is This a Matter of Human Rights?

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“It’s a matter of human security, livelihoods, sanitation, and well-being. It’s a matter of human rights.”
I sat on the far side of a large, plain room in the municipality building in Zawiya village in the West Bank governorate of Salfit. On the other side of the room, six local men were introducing themselves. I was there to do research for an article about community philanthropy, and I promise I will write that article, but first I need to write about wild pigs.
Wild pigs?
“Mansour is so big,” one …

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[6 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Assignments from the Universe

-An Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Mary interviewed Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton for this December PeaceTimes to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. This is part 3 of 3.
What has to change to get the kind of future we want?
Do you mean for Peace X Peace? An amazing thing about Peace X Peace: From the beginning it has been flexible―seeing what was needed in the world and changing to meet that need. Now we are active in mentorship and training because we know where the womanpower networks are. In …

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[9 Nov 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Jerusalem, I Sat Crying

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“They will light up cigarettes and wait for their turn to enter Jerusalem—if they are deemed legitimate, acceptable, human.”
I pull out of Beit Hanina, the East Jerusalem suburb where I live, and turn onto the main road towards Ramallah. Traffic is light. It is only 6:30 am. In less than one hour, cars will fill the street and spill onto the sidewalks like raspberry, orange, and grape candies forgotten to rot and collect dust. They will elbow their way through the roundabout, the space between them only …