activism, news and information

I feel compelled on this page to acknowledge that the issue of Palestinian-Israeli relations is much deeper and more complex than I am capable of grasping. However, having grown up in New York City, I am aware that the news media’s representation of it has been skewed, and a lot of the information on the pages below was new to me before embarking on this trip.

When I left Beit Sahour for Tel Aviv, I felt apprehensive and troubled, and the culture shock was enormous. Thankfully though, I observed a lot of debate and diversity of opinion in Israel.

One person I met in Tel Aviv told me, “You can’t go to the West Bank without understanding all the complexity of the situation.” I respectfully disagree. If we set too high a bar on what people need to know or understand before they go to a troubled place, they will never go and never understand more. Voyeurism and drive-by shooting are definitely a concern, but a trip to a new place can be undertaken in the spirit of compassion and learning, and without claims to objectivity, completeness, or finality. The more people go, the better.


The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem


In Beit Ommar, the town with the orchard and the mosque:

Palestine Solidarity Project

In Beit Sahour:

The Alternative Information Center

Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

Interview with Eyal Weisman

Bustan Qaraqaa

Mazin Qumsiyeh, whose wife Jessie introduced me to the town of Al Walaja:

Mazin Qumsiyeh

News sources:

Al Jazeera

The Palestine Papers


Palestine News Network

Electonic Intifada

Web security:

New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users

Books I read before leaving:

Palestine, by Joe Sacco

Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, by Saree Makdisi

Interview I watched in Tel Aviv:

David Grossman on Charlie Rose

The book I did not read but I should have:

The Iron Cage, by Rashid Khalidi

Inspiring artists:

Emily Jacir

Elia Suleiman


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