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 – 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 ...
The Wall – Israel & Palestine
21 December 2011 | Places
▲ The Wall at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and East Jerusalem
◄ Travelling around Palestine you certainly don’t get away from the Israeli settlements or The Wall – aka the Security Wall, the Separation Wall, the Segregation Wall or the Apartheid Wall...