Twenty Years

Political Violence (part 1) It took place in an off-the-beaten path classroom, not a modern lecture hall. We were maybe 30 students, and the few times we had met before – maybe it was two? Three? – we had already covered some ‘basics’: what peacebuilding is, Rwanda, a bit of Bosnia. When I registered for... Continue Reading →

Sometimes it’s what you don’t say

Like there isn't enough... in what seems like one long endless day since Monday, a single period in a calendar that has been one long endless battle since the beginning of time... ...is how fucking horrible Israeli comms handling has been. Between the IDF spokespeople and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This has been true... Continue Reading →

This is decades-bad.

It's bad. It's bad on so many levels. Personally, we are ok in our area. A given Israeli's frontline concerns depend on where exactly they are located. For us on this side, the very rare siren in the last 15 years is not much of an issue. That can't be said for every corner of... Continue Reading →

Hi from a new chapter in an old story.

After a year and a half of emotional exhaustion, it's shocking and also not shocking to learn that it's possible to be even more deeply emotionally exhausted. With each passing rocket or gunshot or stabbing or counterstrike, another slice of the next generation loses the chance to grow up not knowing what we know. More... Continue Reading →

We cast our lot.

When people ask me why I came here, my answer is that no matter what I believe religiously I'll always accept the fact that by being born into what I was born I have no choice but to cast my lot with the rest of my people. So even now, as there is this man... Continue Reading →

The Prime Minister makes a PowerPoint

It's night three of my daughter's cough and it's gotten much better. I'm sitting uncomfortably on the Hello Kitty stool next to the crib, with my forefinger making lines in her palm, my phone on 'play' in the other hand, and in my left ear, an earbud is loosely holding on. The prime minister is... Continue Reading →

State of the obvious.

Aftermath video of today's strikes on Hass: 'I want to go to my mother. The warplane has attacked us. I don't want to go to school anymore.' pic.twitter.com/WDKT8sUkIv — Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) October 26, 2016 So there's feature on twitter where it autoplays videos in your feed on mute. I was scrolling through to pass... Continue Reading →

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