Gaza: ‘The place where we are right is hard and trampled like a yard’

Gaza August 2014: ‘less pity on school children’ How does one avoid despair at the news these days? The lunatics are in my hall The paper holds their folded faces to the floor And every day the paper boy brings more It’s been a terrible few weeks: death and destruction in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and … Continue reading Gaza: ‘The place where we are right is hard and trampled like a yard’

Palestinian Walks: the extraordinary patience of things

‘such a beautiful, spoiled country’ I’ve only just got round to reading Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape, even though it’s been in the house for three or four years.  I had been reminded of Raja Shehadeh’s book while reading Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways, in which MacFarlane writes of joining Shehadeh, an old friend … Continue reading Palestinian Walks: the extraordinary patience of things

The Palestinian Nakba: an Israeli perspective

This year Nakba Day, the Palestinian commemoration of the Nakba, or catastrophe, of the 1948 war in which an estimated 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled, and hundreds of Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed, has been particularly marked by violence, reflecting the current unrest in the Middle East. During the Nakba, the vast majority … Continue reading The Palestinian Nakba: an Israeli perspective

Racism in Israel

Why keep returning to the issue of Israel?  Because the Israel-Palestine conflict is the most serious threat to stability in the Middle East, and because the Israeli state is coming increasingly to resemble apartheid South Africa with its corralling of Palestinians into bantustans surrounded by an obscene Wall, its military oppression and violence, and its … Continue reading Racism in Israel