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The Ongoing and Relentless Nakba: searching for the shadows of ancestors in British Park

During my last days exploring, searching, the ghosts of former residents of the destroyed towns and villages call out to me, Skip, we are still here. Tho expelled, please feel our presence. See us, show us, help us regain our basic human rights. We want to go home! We have a right to our homes […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Amos Gvirtz and Aziz Al-Touri, a Jewish Israeli and his Bedouin friend in the southern Negev/Naqab desert

In July 2019 during a conversation with Amos, who I met during my first trip to the region in 2003 in his kibbutz, Shefayim, and listening to his friend, Aziz Al-Touri, near the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Naqab/Negev desert, I heard two major claims: from Amos that one’s life is concretely determined […]

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How far can outrage carry me?

(The Agape Community published an earlier version in The Servant Song, summer 2021) When passion can’t flow easily into policymaking, it congeals as angry protest, growing wilder and more paranoid. Daniel Immerwahr Climate justice or justice for Palestine? Which for me will take precedence in my activism? With limited energy and time remaining in my […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: “Seven years to build, one hour to destroy”—Ibrahim Eid Nghnghia (Abu Adnan) in Jenin with his son and a friend—part two

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. I […]

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SPECIAL MESSAGE ABOUT PALESTINE-ISRAEL

An analysis from Adam Keller, a Jewish Israeli in Israel, followed by a set of action items you can use to respond (U.S. based)  The storm which Netanyahu unleashed Adam Keller, May 12, 2021 Yesterday morning (Tuesday) we woke up with the news of twenty one Palestinians killed in Gaza, nine of them minors, and two Israeli […]

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Hip-hop in the Jenin refugee camp—and finding its location

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. I […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Sheik Jarrah and two friends about to be evicted-part three

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. I […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Sheik Jarrah and two of my friends about to be evicted-part two

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Sheik Jarrah and two friends about to be evicted-part one

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: “As if they took all my clothes and left me naked”—Ibrahim Eid Nghnghia (Abu Adnan) in Jenin with his son and a friend—part one

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Qasem Ahmad Qasem Abu Qutnah-returning to his olive trees in al-Mansi

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Fatima Ali Msaimi (Um Wajeeh) tells her early story

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: AK, of an old illustrious Arab-Palestinian family

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest sojourns in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Zakia Mohammed Theeb Hamad (Umm Al Abed)-her rescued fig tree

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Mohammad Saleh Abu Habsa-Patience is a virtue!

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. Currently, the Covid-19 pandemic prevents me from returning. […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: The Lost Paradise-Maryam Abdallah Abu Lateefa from the village of Saris

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: My colleague and friend, Fareed Taamallah-part three

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: My colleague and friend, Fareed Taamallah-part two

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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My photographic life

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera. —Dorothea Lange My photographic life began when I was 7 years old on the Southside of Chicago, 1946, just one year after World War Two ended and the US unleashed the first use of nuclear weapons, a period I do not recall but […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: My colleague and friend, Fareed Taamallah-part one

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Khadija Mohammad Al-Azza (Um Ghazi)—The Loss of Paradise

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Neama Zaid (Um Salah) From the village of Beit Nabala near Lyyd/Lod

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches are based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019 and more recent writing. (With major assistance from Fareed Taamallah, my colleague […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Andrew Haddad, One Land: His extended family-part four

MY POSTING DATE, MAY 15, 2020, is NAKBA DAY From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. And as in this case, people expelled during the Nakba who’ve found ways to resist and remain in Israel […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Andrew Haddad, One Land: Several Peoples-part three

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. And as in this case, people expelled during the Nakba who’ve found ways to resist and remain in Israel as citizens. These dispatches are based on my […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Andrew Haddad, a Palestinian Israeli with roots in the region for more than 500 years-part two

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. And as in this case, people expelled during the Nakba who’ve found ways to resist and remain in Israel as citizens. These dispatches are based on my […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: Andrew Haddad, a Palestinian Israeli with roots in the region for more than 500 years-part one

From my journal, interviews, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. And as in this case, people expelled during the Nakba who’ve found ways to resist and remain in Israel as citizens. These dispatches are based on my […]

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The Ongoing Nakba: a photographic project about expelled Palestinians in the West Bank—End of year update

First published on the occasion of the UN-declared International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2019 With continuing gratitude to those who’ve already generously funded my Nakba photographic project, now I seek further funding for “The Ongoing Nakba, photographs of internally expelled Palestinians in the West Bank.” Early in 2020, I plan to return for another […]

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The Ongoing Nakba—Rajab Mustafa Ghanem wishes when he dies to be buried in his home village of Lod/Lydda

From my journal, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  PHOTOS The 1948 Palestinian exodus from Lydda and Ramle, also known as the Lydda […]

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The Ongoing Nakba—In search of destroyed Arab villages

From my journal, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  PHOTOS July 5, 2019, Friday, West Bank, Jenin, Freedom Theater guest house The conventional […]

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The Ongoing Nakba—Fatima Nakhli (Um Yousef) from Beit Nabala, a village immediately east of Ben Gurion airport

From my journal, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  (Thanks to Fareed Taamalla) The world should not have to constantly catch up to […]

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The Ongoing Nakba—Thru the Generations: Issa Yousef Al Azza & family

From my journal, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. These dispatches based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  (Thanks to Ayed Al Azza) That even in the darkest of times we have […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-Reversing Disappearance (part one)

From my journal, letters, and other writing about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. My dispatches based on my latest work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  PHOTOS We must take a hard road, a road unforeseen. There lies our hope, […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-Checkpoint into Jenin

From my journal and letters about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. My dispatches based on my work in Palestine-Israel from mid-May to mid-July 2019.  PHOTOS Civil disobedience . . . is not our problem. . . . Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-From the last day in the Occupied Territories (but not the last blog on the theme)

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. PHOTOS Israel fears the ghosts of its dark and violent origins. Palestinians are […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-About as Nutty as It Gets: Omar Hajhajleh in Al Walaja

World Refugee Day  20 June  From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. PHOTOS A few stone houses still stand […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-Threats of Expulsion in Sheik Jarrah (part two)

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. PHOTOS MOHAMMED SABAGH Mohammed Sabagh, as skilled at storytelling as his friend […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-Threats of Expulsion in Sheik Jarrah (part one)

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. Special note: World Refugee Day, June 20, 2019 No, they [the Palestinians] were made voiceless, […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-second phase-Acclimate & Plan

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. Special note: World Refugee Day, June 20, 2019 Artists are here to […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-second phase-Arrival

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the one […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Homes-second phase-Preparation

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field while I continue my photographic project about internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. Here in Palestine-Israel thru July 10, 2019. I saw myself, sharply, as a wanderer, an adventurer, rocking through the world, […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Lands (or On Our Way Home)—part 21—the destroyed village of Deir Yassin

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field and now from home in Cambridge Massachusetts, after I had photographed internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. (I plan a return journey from May 15 thru July 10, 2019 (including two weeks […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Lands (or On Our Way Home)—part 20—second phase of the project needs financial support

Palestinian Refugees in Gaza & the West Bank SECOND PHASE OF THE PROJECT—UPDATED: MARCH 30, 2019 We must never ignore the injustices that make charity necessary, or the inequalities that make it possible. —Michael Eric Dyson To donate please go to my GoFundMe campaign LATEST Since returning home in mid October 2018 I have steadily […]

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Palestinian Refugees & their Ancestral Lands (or On Our Way Home)—part 19—the destroyed Arab village of Al-Qabu

From my journal and letters, my dispatches from the field and now from home in Cambridge Massachusetts, after I had photographed internally expelled Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza (once I can enter Gaza), plus their ancestral homelands. (I and the Alternatives to Violence Project, AVP, team plan a return journey in early […]

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