Category Archives: Palestine

Desert Walk near Jericho

By | 1st November 2017

We spent the last three days of the Being Peace retreat at an eco-lodge at Almog Junction near Jericho. It felt like a more relaxing environment than the space in Deir Istiya and gave everyone in the group a chance to reflect on their experiences from the past week. On one of these days, I… Read More »

‘Breaking the Silence’ Tour

By | 1st November 2017

After nine nights in the Palestinian village of Deir Istiya, we boarded a minibus and headed to Tel Aviv to begin the next stage of the Being Peace retreat. At the HaShalom Interchange bus station we joined a much larger group for a special bus tour run by an Israeli organisation called Breaking the Silence.… Read More »

Wadi Qana

By | 31st October 2017

During the Being Peace retreat, our group visited a particularly fertile valley not far from Deir Istiya, known as Wadi Qana. The valley contains a natural stable watercourse and five springs which supply water to the orchards and olive groves lining the valley’s gentle hillsides. Much of the land in the valley is owned by… Read More »

Olive Picking: Part 2

By | 31st October 2017

After two days we had a rest from picking and engaged in some alternative opportunities to learn more about what life is like under the Occupation. At the nearby village of Hares the entire group visited the home of a much-respected Palestinian activist. In 2001, during a non-violent demonstration against the Occupation, he was shot… Read More »

Olive Picking: Part 1

By | 31st October 2017

Our first full day of the Being Peace retreat in Deir Istiya was set aside for rest and familiarisation. It involved several meditation sessions and almost a full day of silence. The day after was our first day of olive picking. The majority of Palestinian farmers in the Occupied Territories are at least partially dependent… Read More »

Being Peace Retreat

By | 31st October 2017

Being Peace is the name of a retreat organised and run by meditation and social action group SanghaSeva. It is held each year in October during the olive harvest in a small Palestinian village in the West Bank of the Occupied Territories. Clare had been on this particular retreat twice before and had been the… Read More »

Introduction to the Israeli Occupation

By | 30th October 2017

The situation between Israel and the Palestinians is a complex one and the media rarely conveys information on the details behind the military occupation. To provide some context to my upcoming posts, I have written some background to the Israeli-Palestinian situation as I understand it. Although I have made every effort to keep what I… Read More »

Haircuts Abroad

By | 9th October 2017

Yesterday Kim and I arrived in Tel Aviv and descending towards the runway the cloud formations as seen from the plane were quite dramatic. I’m always a little on alert when I come here now as questions at passport control about the reasons for your visit can be quite searching, so I wondered if the… Read More »