On March 24, 2015, Imad Abu Shamsieh, a Palestinian resident of Tel Rumeida, filmed the execution of 21-year-old Abdel Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Occupation soldier, Elor Azaria. The video, shared with the media by the human rights group, B’Tselem, provoked outrage from around the world, demanding justice on behalf of the murdered al-Sharif. This past… Continue reading A Vist with Imad Abu Shamsieh
I was lying on the cool tiled floor of the office, the gentle hum of the computers filling the air around me as I struggled with my first panic attack in nearly two years. It had crept up on me slowly - like they always do - taking most of the morning to finally boil… Continue reading A Rosary for Panic Attacks
Dear Americans, I am a US American of mixed European and Arab descent and I am a human rights worker who is currently sitting on a terrace in the occupied city of al-Khalil (Hebron). Two days ago I was sitting on this very terrace when I heard the sound of sonic booms in the distance… Continue reading Fuck Your Thoughts & Prayers
I was angry, had been angry all day but now that I was alone in the darkness of my bedroom, I allowed myself to feel it. I felt the hotness of the emotion bubbling in my stomach, plaguing me until I could think of nothing else. I tried chatting with friends, tried journalling, read Scripture… Continue reading Blessed Are the Pure of Heart
The children of Al-Khalil are unlike any I've met in my travels. Each of them divinely beautiful, as curious as tiny birds and uniquely friendly to strangers - often as I walk the streets they cry out a greeting, "Marhaba!" and rush toward me, hand extended to give me a handshake. Something about the hands… Continue reading The Sweetness of a Kiss
My dear friends, let me first start by saying thank you for your prayers during my time of travel - I arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and sailed through passport control with no problems! Not only is it a sign that I am where God wants me to be, but also that your… Continue reading Thank you for the prayers!