Natural Heritage

Here is one I wrote for IPS about two very different initiatives in the West Bank that seek to revive Palestinian natural heritage and boost the local economy.

Radical Neighbours

I visited Hebron on the day two young Palestinians were killed, one by a soldier, one by a settler, and both for alleged stabbing attempts. Hebron is a glaring example of how the presence of Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, represents the main obstacle to a just solution.

Life on hold

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 …

Palestinian Circus School

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.

Rooftop Gardening

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.

Love thy neighbour?

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.