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Teju Cole is an important emerging American writer. He has written two books about the Nigerian diaspora, he has a twitter feed with 150,000 followers, he was all over NPR this spring, that’s when I learned about him.

Well. Teju Cole is visiting Palestine. Just got there, and: he gets it.

Here’s a tweet from a few minutes ago. “Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem, by Teju Cole

Jerusalem, by Teju Cole

 

Here’s his first tweet: “King Hussein/Allenby border crossing, the only entry/exit point for Palestinians living in the West Bank.”

Teju Cole photograph of Allenby Bridge crossing

Teju Cole photograph of Allenby Bridge crossing

Another: The occupation is a waste of time.

Qalandia photo by Teju Cole

Qalandia photo by Teju Cole

This one speaks volumes: “Qalandia checkpoint, between the West Bank and East Jerusalem.” 

Qalandia checkpoint foto, by Teju Cole

Qalandia checkpoint foto, by Teju Cole

There’s more at the link. I have the distinct impression that whatever Cole’s mainstream ambition, he is not going to temporize about the conditions he’s observing.

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  1. just
    just on June 1, 2014, 11:21 am

    Looking forward to more truth- telling; this time from Mr. Cole.

    Thanks, Phil!

    • just
      just on June 1, 2014, 3:06 pm

      As I was just listening to NPR wrt Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land and heard nary a mention of his prayer at the odious wall, but plenty about him kissing the hands of Holocaust survivors and praying at Jewish sites, I thought about Mr. Cole and the fact that “he was all over NPR this spring”.

      When he reports truth from the OPT, he may lose his VIP status with NPR……….

      I hope not.

  2. MHughes976
    MHughes976 on June 1, 2014, 12:38 pm

    The photos certainly bring home very powerfully how miserable the rubbish-strewn scene is. The judgement that the occupation is a waste of time is interesting and original.

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