Author Archives: Linah Alsaafin

One half of a family crisis solved

Below is an update on the Alsaafin family’s ongoing struggle to be reunited amidst Israel’s Kafkaesque identification and permit system. The “hawiya” which is referenced in this post is an Israeli-issued Palestinian identity card which designates, and restricts, where a … Continue reading

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Searching for Egyptian unity in Ramallah

The last few days of the solid millions of protesting Egyptians got me thinking how Palestinians would react in a similar situation. But the fact of the matter is that we are so segmented from each other, with political party … Continue reading

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The reunification of my parents

Yesterday my mother crossed the Allenby bridge, from the West Bank to Jordan, to see my father in Amman. What makes this banal act unusual is that she had to wait almost a year to be finally granted permission to … Continue reading

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