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We are all… : local responses in Manchester and Palestine

The response to the Manchester terror attack reminded me a lot of the response of West Bank Palestinians to the 2014 War on Gaza. In the West Bank, people watched for a month as bombs rained down on their families. Children’s … Continue reading

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What the case of Palestine can teach us about the ISIS name game

IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh… it is not surprising that confusion surrounds the identification of the militant group. All part of the diplomatic dance that is the politics of naming, it was not that long ago that politicians and the media … Continue reading

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A Palestinian in Stockholm – thoughts on identity, power, resistance

A kufiyah hung between the two beds and a children’s book titled ‘I belong to Palestine’ lay on the side as we watched a documentary on the Nakba and ‘Letters from Yarmouk’ – a documentary following the lives of residents … Continue reading

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Overheard in Palestine

My top 10 ‘overheards’ from my Palestinian summer: 1. I guess you have to start somewhere… “I’ve quit smoking and I feel so much better for it.” “That’s great. When did you last have a cigarette?” “An hour ago” 2. … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Bed

It turns out I’m living with quite the rebel. In fact, this city seems to be full of carefully concealed rebels just waiting to be discovered. And discovering them I am, in one of those beautifully random weeks that Palestine … Continue reading

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The Ponderer Returns

The thrill of being back on the road hit me as I caught the bus to Jerusalem, finally on my way back to Palestine. Then a bus to Ramallah, sat next to an insatiably chatty man, another bus to Nablus … Continue reading

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The W Word

It has taken the intense boredom of revising for our sixth, and thankfully final, block of exams to motivate me to write another blog post. It also happens to be the day of my sixth Palestinian wedding, if you include … Continue reading

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