The Sweetness of a Kiss

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 …

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Little Shop of Treasures

Time runs differently in Palestine-Israel, an adagio that slips by in minutes that seem to stretch for hours. I hadn't noticed this until delegation broke, and I was left on my own to explore the country for myself. Perhaps it was the call to prayer that rang out over the rooftops five times a day, …

Aida Camp

The scene stays with me as sharply vivid as a finely honed blade. For months afterwards I had nightmares about it.. The armored jeep crept down the main thoroughfare threateningly invisible in the dusk, its tires crunching softly on the loose, rocky pavement. Hadn't been for a few flood lights positioned on the corners of …