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Teju Cole continues eye-opening tour of occupied Palestine

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The Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole is in Palestine, and continues to send out simple images that capture Palestinian conditions on his twitter feed. (We first posted on this the other day.) These pictures speak for themselves. They’re newsworthy because of their poetry, dignity and frankness.

Some of the recent images Cole has sent, with his tweets:

“View of Bethlehem, with the illegal Jewish settlement of Har Homa on the hills just beyond.”

Har Homa, illegal Jewish settlement, photographed from Bethlehem by Teju Cole

Har Homa, illegal Jewish settlement, photographed from Bethlehem by Teju Cole

“Palestinian Muslim cemetery damaged by Israeli wall, Bethlehem”

Muslim cemetery damaged by Israeli wall

Muslim cemetery damaged by Israeli wall


Bethlehem by Teju Cole

Bethlehem by Teju Cole

“Hebron. Stones thrown at a checkpoint in the middle of town.”

Stones at checkpoint, from Teju Cole in Hebron

Stones at checkpoint, from Teju Cole in Hebron

“Hebron. The man in the poster died in prison.”

Teju Cole image from Hebron

Teju Cole image from Hebron

“Checkpoint, Hebron”

Hebron checkpoint, by Teju Cole

Hebron checkpoint, by Teju Cole

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  1. Susie Kneedler on June 3, 2014, 11:12 am

    Thanks, Phil: wow, as you say, poetry, dignity, truth. Thanks, Teju Cole, for such vision.

    • just on June 3, 2014, 11:18 am


      It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words… these are worth millions. I must say, I am looking forward to his next interview on NPR… on this & his latest experiences.

  2. MahaneYehude1 on June 3, 2014, 11:57 am

    Welcome to Jerusalem, Teju!!!

    I very glad that the only images you can take are of walls, fences and checkpoints and not of terror victims in our streets and restaurants.

    • jon s on June 3, 2014, 3:58 pm

      Happy Holiday to all those celebrating Shavuot , Hag Sameah!
      (one of my favorite holidays…)

    • Amsterdam on June 3, 2014, 5:11 pm


      It is a shame those walls, fences and checkpoints don’t stop the terrorists. This morning they killed a man just south of Nablus. And on Yom al-Nakba they killed two boys in Beitunia.

  3. marc b. on June 3, 2014, 12:01 pm

    words help too. from B’Tselem on some Jerusalem residents.

    In early March 2014 Hagihon, Jerusalem’s water utility company, stopped the regular supply of running water to several neighborhoods in north-east Jerusalem, namely: Shu’fat Refugee Camp, Ras Khamis, Ras Sh’hadeh and Dahiyat a-Salam (literally: Neighborhood of Peace), which have all been isolated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Separation Barrier. Some homes in these neighborhoods have been completely cut off from the water supply; others receive water intermittently; and as for the rest, the water pressure in the pipes is so low that the water does not reach the faucets. As a result, an estimated 60,000-80,000 Palestinians – mostly permanent residents of Israel – have been left without a regular water supply. The residents spent three weeks in making repeated applications to Hagihon and to the Jerusalem Municipality, seeking to have running water restored. When their requests went unheeded, on 25 March 2013, ACRI petitioned the High Court of Justice seeking to have the water supply renewed without delay.

    • Kay24 on June 3, 2014, 5:41 pm

      It truly shows how mean and vindictive the Israelis are. Depriving helpless people of WATER is despicable, and really very, very low. Whether it is because of punitive policies, or to inflict unnecessary suffering on the Palestinians, Israel has consistently shown the world it’s wicked and ruthless ways. It “retaliated” in punitive ways when the Palestinians went to the UN to get recognized, and now it retaliates because the Palestinians have united, and done what is best for them, all legal too.
      Now Israel starts to wield it’s powers over the Palestinians, once again, by stopping Palestinian Ministers from going between the W.Bank and Gaza:
      “Israel to disallow free movement for Palestinian ministers
      In wake of unity government formation, all travel requests between the West Bank and Gaza will be reviewed on an individual basis.” Haaretz

      • ritzl on June 3, 2014, 8:21 pm

        @Kay24- I would add meticulous as a description of Israeli policy. That requires deliberate conception, planning, and unrepentant implementation over long periods of time, and propels your “mean and vindictive” into a whole new realm of pathological (and probably unrecoverable) sadism.

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