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It took me three decades to drive one hour from Gaza to Jerusalem

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Thank you for sharing some of your story, Abier Ismail Almasri. Interestingly enough, I just read this story by Samer Badawi @ +972. It’s a converse story to yours: “Fortress Israel and the quiet dignity of Palestinian resistance Peter Beinart’s interrogation at Ben Gurion Airport made headlines not because of his clout as a public intellectual, but thanks to the quiet dignity of Palestinian children, women and men who have endured Fortress Israel for years.… Read more »

Thank you for sharing your life with us.

I cannot look at a picture of the Dome without being reminded of an oddity of History: When Umar marched into Jerusalem with an army, he asked Ka’b (al-Ahbar, a Yemenite Jewish Rabbi), “Where do you advise me to build a place of worship?” Ka‘b indicated the Temple Rock, now a gigantic heap of ruins from the temple of Jupiter. The Jews, Ka‘b explained, had briefly won back their old capital a quarter of a… Read more »

‘Al-Aqsa was even more spectacular than I had imagined. I couldn’t hold back the tears – both of joy at beholding its beauty, and of sadness that such a majestic place has witnessed a half-century of ugly, abusive military occupation, where soldiers control who can pray there. I also fell in love with Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jaffa, Acre, and Haifa during my whirlwind tour, snapping pictures everywhere that I could to share with family and friends… Read more »