Analysis, Uncategorized

[Much Shorter] A Letter to The Post

Dear Washington Post Staff, The illusions about Israel in our popular culture all came to a crashing end, for me, when I lived and worked in Bethlehem for eighteen months. I am not writing to tell you that the State of Israel is a supernatural root of evil; I believe Israel is a state making… Continue reading [Much Shorter] A Letter to The Post

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Hamas uses a green flag at rallies
Analysis, Uncategorized

An Open Letter to an American

[Dear Respectable Church-Person], Thank you so much for your comments. It seems, to me, that we are on a journey with the same issue but from different angles, in different amounts, and at different points in our lives. The fact that you engage me in a conversation about the situation in the Holy Land is… Continue reading An Open Letter to an American

Hamas uses a green flag at rallies
Analysis, Quirky, Uncategorized

An Open Letter about recent Palestine-conflicts

Mr. Ms. [Respectable-Person], I know you are on a journey with the Palestinian question -- and I have known. It's not an easy journey. My journey has been trying to develop the maturity to be helpful on that journey. It's a process that I have not finished. I know it: I only, just now, saw… Continue reading An Open Letter about recent Palestine-conflicts

Narrative, Observations, Reflection

A Bridge and a Baptism

I was in the footsteps of Mary & Joseph, pacing along Star Street to my favorite barber. His shop is nestled into an alcove on that fateful street in the antique narrows of Bethlehem. I greeted him in simple Arabic (“مرحباً” ) and he welcomed me to his chair.                 Why do you not have… Continue reading A Bridge and a Baptism