October 2015 saw an intensifying of violence in Israel and Palestine. Caused largely by the ongoing Israeli military occupation over some 4 million Palestinians, the violence exploded following a series of grave attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and by Palestinians against Israeli settlers, security forces and civilians.
I visited Mufaqarah for the first time in 2011. Mufaqarah sits in a beautiful spot in the lunar landscape of the South Hebron Hills but that spot is on the edge of one of Israel’s army firing zones. Firing Zone 918. More simply put, Mufaqarah is in an area for …
In September, back in Palestine, I spent a day with the students and founders of the Palestinian Circus School. If you are lucky you might catch them at a tent near you.
And then I got to see my first ever football game. The air was filled with dust but nothing stopped Palestine from playing UAE at the East Jerusalem stadium of Al Ram, it was the first FIFA game played in Palestine.
A year after the 2014 war, I returned to Gaza. One of the stories grabbing the headlines was that of women conceiving babies with sperm smuggled out of the Israeli prisons in which their husbands are held.
I made this video with Danish journalist Lena Odgaard. We talked to Inas, an 18 year old from Gaza who is sitting her high school exams a year after the war.
I visited Deheishe in Bethlehem, to meet the people behind the greenhouses that have been appearing on the roofs of many homes in the overcrowded refugee camp.
Ho parlato con Matthew Nolan, che non è un programmatore qualunque, lui la tecnologia la vuole usare per abbattere le barriere che ci separano. E così ha creato un’app per far avvicinare (e magari innamorare) palestinesi e israeliani.
My latest article for Middle East Eye looks at how Israel’s expansion of illegal settlements and legalisation of outposts is allowed to go on unchecked in the occupied West Bank and details its effect on nearby Palestinian villages. Here with extra gallery.