J. Schiele and K. Downey talk with their father, Skip Schiel, about what led him to move to Boston in the 1960s, his activism during the Vietnam War, his interest in cooperative living, and his work as a photographer and filmmaker. —StoryCorps This is one of about 7 interviews, partly organized chronologically, only one on […]Read More My two daughters interview me for StoryCorps (January 23, 2021)
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 […]Read More The Ongoing and Relentless Nakba: searching for the shadows of ancestors in British Park
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 […]Read More The Ongoing Nakba: Amos Gvirtz and Aziz Al-Touri, a Jewish Israeli and his Bedouin friend in the southern Negev/Naqab desert
(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 […]Read More How far can outrage carry me?
Can you suggest venues for my photographic presentations? In this moment of escalating violence and burgeoning right wing Israeli politics, all my presentations address systemic injustice and some suggest strategies for transformation. I have firm dates now for the California section of my West Coast tour, March 4 thru March 20 and for Alaska, March […]Read More SEEKING VENUES: Photo-activist Skip Schiel in California and Alaska in March–bringing photos and stories from Israeli & Palestinian communities since 2003
Photojournalist, Advocate for the Undocumented : 1940 – 2008 “I could hear the five hundred pound bombs going off, and see A-37 jets that my country had sent down to El Salvador, and we were in a dirt floor hut and those who could read shared some scripture …, and one of them a mother breast feeding […]Read More Jim Harney Presente! About Jim and Me
Your sensitivity to light and emotion is dramatic, the brilliant daylight framing the sad courageous eyes and brave determined expressions of our Gaza neighbors, as they face such a cruel, demented, and terrifying adversary. I think you are very brave too, and I thank you deeply for shining a true light on these barbaric crimes […]Read More Faith in Action in Palestine-Israel: New photographic presentations
Excerpts from my journal as I explore the situation in Palestine and Israel Bassam Tamimi with his daughters Photos The Freedom Bus project was not started as a way of doing touristic and artistic tours of the West Bank. And this is not why we joined either. It is helping us to understand more fully this […]Read More Faith in Action in Palestine-Israel—The Freedom Ride in Nabi Salih
Excerpts from my journal as I explore the situation in Palestine and Israel PHOTOS March 8, 2015, Sunday, Golden Gate hostel, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine (Warm, low 60s, sunny, calm—other than the temperature this might be the usual report.) Yesterday [March 7, 2015], one day before the official International Women’s Day, I arrived at the […]Read More Faith in Action in Palestine-Israel—The Woman’s Day March on Kalandia Checkpoint.
In an Israeli shopping mall Model of Yad Vashem Excerpts from my journal as I explore the situation in Palestine and Israel March 6, 2015, Friday, Golden Gate hostel, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine PHOTOS: (Warmer, low 60s, sunny, calm.) “I’m sure [my memory] only works one way,” Alice remarked. “I can’t remember things before they happen.” […]Read More Faith in Action in Palestine-Israel—Purim & Yad Vashem: Pieces of Truth