The Digital Ecology and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Research question: How has the digital ecology impacted the Palestinian – Israeli conflict? The Palestinian – Israeli conflict has been ongoing since the late 19th century. The world has entered a new era in which digital technology is constantly developing, so it is important to look at the transition of the conflict into the digital … Continue reading

Mother of 4 jailed sons: Christians suffer for homeland

“Since 2004, the whole family did not gather, not even once. Someone is always missing,” recounted Alexandra Halabi, a Christian mother of four sons imprisoned by Israeli forces. When Alexandra’s eldest son Raed was detained in July 2004, she did not know it was only the beginning of a struggle that would scatter her family. … Continue reading

Breaking news… stormy infiltrator foiled!

Eyewitnesses: the snow storm was stopped at Za’tara checkpoint; occupation forces are searching every cloud of it. Reports say four clouds, a polar bear and an undercover penguin were detained allegedly for smuggling water to the Palestinian territories. The Quartet intervened but failed. Mr. Ban Ki Moon called to inquire about the situation without getting … Continue reading

Drivers protest Israeli-only roads in West Bank

[Featured photo by Fadi Arouri] (Arabic version follows) Around 60 people from across the West Bank on Tuesday January 10, 2012 tried to drive from Jericho to Ramallah on an Israeli-only road to protest Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian movement. Popular resistance committees organized the motorcade of around 50 cars to protest the network of roads … Continue reading

Bethlehem march for prisoners released to exile

On October 20, 2011, hundreds of residents of Bethlehem marched with candles and torches in support of prisoners from the West Bank city who were released to exile in Gaza as part of a captive swap deal with Israel.

Tiny Palestinian group dodged blame on 9/11

[By Jenny Baboun and George Hale] BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Qais Abu Laila was ready to head home from his Ramallah office when a telephone call thrusted him into the center of an unfolding event which, for many, would define the coming decade. It was late afternoon on Sept. 11, 2001, and Abu Laila’s leftist faction … Continue reading

Oh, Jerusalem!

Pentecost or the fifteenth day is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples of Christ after the Resurrection. It is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday. On this day, June 12, 2011, I had received a permit that allowed me … Continue reading

Remember when…?

Nine years ago, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) invaded Bethlehem as part of an operation across the West Bank cities. They tried to capture “wanted” Palestinians in an attempt to stop the operations against Israel at that time. On April the 2nd, the Israeli troops surrounded the Nativity Church where around 220 Palestinians and monks resided. … Continue reading

Babies need permits to celebrate Palm Sunday

As Christians worldwide commemorate Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians are required to get special permits to allow them into the Holy City. I, a Palestinian Christian, am used to seeing and holding a permit during Christmas and Easter but what I’m not used to seeing is a permit for a … Continue reading

Interview in a book!

A dear friend, Greg Wilkinson, interviewed me and wrote this script in his book “If you did not destroy my home…”  which will be published soon. Jenny is 24 years old, single and works as a translator in Bethlehem Last year I worked in Jerusalem. I went through the checkpoint twice every day for four months. Every time I said to … Continue reading