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Stories from Israel and Palestine



It's advent - the season of year when Christians await the coming of Jesus anew in our hearts, in remembrance of his birth over 2,000 years ago. To celebrate, we light a candle each Sunday - one for hope, one for peace, one for joy, and one for love. This Sunday, my church asked me to light the candle of peace. As someone called to be a peacemaker, I was grateful for the chance to share some of... more

Last comment by Carole on Dec 06, 2015.


I don’t want our kids to meet at encounter groups, to learn to empathise with the “other” I don’t want them to hear of the Holocaust, to learn how our homelands became our graves I don’t want them to talk about the Nakba, the right of return, and how long it takes I don’t want to fear that in my nascent country, we risk annihilation again I don’t want to... more

Last comment by Carole on Nov 11, 2015.


Should I throw love over the wall instead of stones? Chocolate kisses Valentine hearts Gifts on the strings of balloons?   Will you take the chocolates for stones Respond with tear gas Burn my eyes and nose?   I want to tear down this wall Look into your eyes And know you as friend, not enemy

Last comment by Carole on Jul 06, 2015.


I want to dance at the wall in beautiful protestCast a vision of the future in its shadow today We could hear the same music, dance to the same beatBut I couldn’t see you, our hands couldn’t meet We could set up a webcam, make a window in the wallI’d rather you open it, I want to walk tallthrough the gate that encloses me now like a prisonLet this vision of the future shine... more

Last comment by Carole on Jul 06, 2015.


I live in a cage with very prevalent wallsthat block me in and hide the sun I rail at them, throw rocks and stonesMust you respond with bombs?  You hold the power of whether I can wash, or workWhether I can skype with my aunt, or visit the day of her birth You say yes to my brother, and no to meMust you put my parents in such misery? I rail at the wall with rocks and stonesYou hold the... more

Last comment by Carole on Jul 06, 2015.


Today is Yom HaShoah, the annual day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. This morning in Israel, two minutes of silence were observed throughout the country. Via video, I saw the streets and boardwalks that I traversed four months ago become strangely still. Listening to the sound of the siren, I imagined its wail, and our prayers, rising like the souls of the six million victims to... more

Last comment by Carole on Apr 16, 2015.


It’s Christmas – the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus two millennia ago. One of the carols we often sing is, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see they lie.” Until this year I envisioned a peaceful village when I sang it, replete with angelic choirs, awestruck shepherds, and the blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph admiring the newborn baby Jesus. This summer I imagined myself... more

Last comment by Carole on Dec 25, 2014.


My grandfather’s village is just down the road It’s blessed with the richest of olive groves On Fridays when grandfather takes me on his knee I feel the shade of a tree that I’ve never seen   I’m fighting for freedom, peace and security I’ll never forget what they’ve stolen from me Wrongs like these must be avenged   I will not rest until they taste just revenge   We’re fighting for freedom in a... more

Last comment by Carole on Dec 16, 2014.


I saw two films at the Jayu Human Rights Film Festival today, both first-person accounts from eloquent boys. Faridullah's Day Off was a touching account of a young boy from Afghanistan who dreams of going to school, instead of the brick factory, when the muezzen's call to prayer awakens the family each day. Rising in the darkness, the whole family - from the 5-year-old daughter to the father -... more

Last comment by Carole on Dec 15, 2014.


After visiting the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, which closed at noon, I had no itinerary. I started walking down the hill.   “Lady, lady!” A stranger was calling me from a car.   “Yes?” I answered.   “Abraham said you needed a tour guide.” Abraham was the Kenyan security guard at Baha’i Gardens I’d been speaking with about his faith.   “Actually, I do. What do you suggest?”   Chaim gets out a map... more

Last comment by Carole on Dec 02, 2014.