The Roundabout Route to Rachel’s Tomb
1 January 2012 | Places
And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. — Genesis 35:19-20
▲ Rachel’s Tomb – perhaps 100 years ago?
It had to be one of the weirdest f...
A Tale of Two Cities – Nazareth Today, Hebron Yesterday
29 December 2011 | Places
▲ The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth is supposed to be on the site of Mary’s home, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to announce that she might be a good virgin, but she was still going to have a baby. The church is a curious structure, plonked on top of t...
A Tale of Two Cities – Hebron today, Nazareth tomorrow
28 December 2011 | Places
My Israel and Palestine travels took me to these two towns. Hebron conjures up the worst aspects of the Israeli-Palestine dispute, while Nazareth indicates that the two sides can live together.
▲ The wire mesh over this old city street in the centre of Hebron is...
27 December 2011 | Media
I missed British comedian Mark Thomas’ ‘walking the wall’ performance when I was at the Edinburgh Festival in August, but I have done the next best thing, read Extreme Rambling, the book of his walk. Rambling is walking British fashion, A to B, not necessarily by ...
Walking in Israel & Palestine
25 December 2011 | Places
◄ My Israeli friend Ohad Sharav climbing out of the Makhtesh Katan or Small Crater in the Negev Desert.
My travels in Israel and Palestine featured spells on three walking tracks. I’ve always felt that walking puts you in touch with the land at the right ...