Archive - Apr 26, 2011

HEBRON VIDEO: Yusuf’s long walk home from school

On April 20,  a friend and I happened to meet up with Yusuf and his kindergarten teacher as she took him home after class.  They unsuccessfully tried to get through two gates before going through the ladder lady’s house (so named because during first years of the Intifada, when the Israeli military put Hebron’s Old City under curfew, she allowed children of the Old City to cross through her house and then descend on a ladder to the street to get to school.)

 Think of a five-year-old boy you know.   Think of all you wish for him.  Then watch this video and wish it for Yusuf too.

IRAQ REFLECTION: Shakespeare’s sonnet in the midst of a nonviolent uprising.

 Every week organizers give a different name to the demonstrations at "Freedom Square" in Suleimaniya in the Kurdish north of Iraq.  This week, the choice was, "Days of Hope."  On the team, we look hard to find signs of hope here in this land that is experiencing a nonviolent people's uprising against corruption and dictators; I wanted to share this story, in which I believe hope appears.

 Recently, my teammate Peggy Gish and I decided to accept an invitation to visit some students at Suleimaniya University.  The student who made the invitation took us to a ninety-minute lecture in the English department.  The class was studying William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

HEBRON REFLECTION: A morning like any other

 â€śBiladi, Biladi ... my country, my country...” the Palestinians' national anthem echoes from loudspeakers in schools all over Hebron, where Nina and I stand at the checkpoint and note how many children have their bags searched.  

I count the children, but I also see that today the soldier stays inside the trailer where the metal detector is, probably so I cannot see how he treats the Palestinians.