Travel Blogs from Ramallah, Palestinian Territory

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Soil, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Soil

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... I visited the Church of the Nativity.  First we passed the Bethlehem Peace Center, covered with pictures of martyred Palestinian militants brandishing machine guns (who the Israeli soldiers just killed a few days ago).  The Byzantine-era church ...

The Tabri Sisters, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

The Tabri Sisters

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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  The Tabri Sisters Last night I met with Salwa and Fadwa Tabri, two sisters who have retired from the Ramallah Friends Boys School (FBS).  Salwa is a pianist who played accompaniment for student products, chapel and chorus.  ...

An Izmekneh Engagement Party, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

An Izmekneh Engagement Party

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... car on a side street and when we arrived, we were off!   Cars waited in line alongside the main road out of Ramallah toward Beit Zeit as the groom's family assembled.  Hussain jumped into the driver's seat and we were off to the party.  ...

springtime flowers, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

springtime flowers

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I left snow on the ground, gray skies and cold weather.  But they are all banished here. The skies are mostly sunny, the windows are open for short times during the day and flowers are blooming.  Check out some of the flowers from the ...

Carter Book Forum, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Carter Book Forum

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... . "It identifies steps to take related to international law" to gain peace. The second speaker, Jonathan Kuttab, is a Palestinian attorney. He stated that apartheid in South Africa does not describe the separation policy of Israel based on Zionism. The ...

Music Day at Friends Girls School, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Music Day at Friends Girls School

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... soon had the place packed, with crowds standing in the back and the aisles filled with people sitting there.   There was a Palestinian ballad about losing the land to the Israeli's sung by a 4th grader (I think-the program was in Arabic so ...

The book is started!, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

The book is started!

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I went to the Ramallah Friends Meeting Sunday morning.  As I sat in the peaceful silence, I felt a sense of all the Palestinian Quakers who used to go to the meeting (it's down to a handful now) and all the Friends School children who attended.  ...

Turkish Baths, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Turkish Baths

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... out I was from the US they were very interested in me.  Next thing I know, the other group is singing and dancing, Palestinian style, to welcome me. Then they started trying to give everyone a turn - including me having my first lesson in a form of ...

I Met Peter Yarrow, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

I Met Peter Yarrow

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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I received the phone call about 11 am from the Director of the Ramallah Friends Schools, Joyce Ajlouny.  "I have your first interview for your book. Do you remember "Peter, Paul and Mary," she asked.  What a silly question as they are one of my ...

Friday the 13th, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Friday the 13th

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

Friday the 13th   As Pogo would say, "Friday the 13th comes on Friday this month."  It brings back wonderful memories of my journalist father who every month on the 13th would say, "Friday the 13th comes on (whatever day of the week it was) ...

81 Students Graduate in Ramallah, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

81 Students Graduate in Ramallah

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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81 Students Graduate in Ramallah    Hope for the future was evident as 81 students graduated from Ramallah Friends Schools in Palestine on May 27, 2007.  The ceremony was in Arabic except for one speech by one of the ...

Independence Day in Israel, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Independence Day in Israel

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... when I'll see them again at Ramallah Friends Meeting!)   Alan had had a hard day because a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in a village just west of Ramallah was killed by the IDF. When I read the news report today, it said he was shot in the stomach ...

Ramallah Friends Meeting, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Ramallah Friends Meeting

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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Ramallah Friends Meeting   Yesterday I attended worship at Ramallah Friends Meeting.  The meetinghouse has been restored and an International Peace Center has begun there also.  Kathy Bergen from the United States is directing its ...

Herodion, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Herodion

A travel blog entry by sharemore

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... it's possible to see Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea on clear days.  Scattered below are flat-roofed Palestinian villages and Jewish settlements with their characteristic red peaked roofs.  Standing in the ruins of the upper ...

Open Day at FBS, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Open Day at FBS

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... is raising children and youth to become compassionate people.   The day ended with Debka dancing, which is traditional Palestinian folk dancing.  There are several groups of dancers, from the less experienced to the more experienced.  ...

Visit with Mohammad's family, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Visit with Mohammad's family

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... , Retha McCutchen and I were invited to dinner at Mohammad's house.     He has been a guard for the Ramallah Friends Schools for 13 years and is the welcoming presence many people see when they first enter the gates of the Friends ...

Computer Crash, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Computer Crash

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

... ; I've worked with 2 sections of 8h graders with the 3rd section on Saturday.  Joyce Ajlouny, the Director of the Ramallah Friends School and only Quaker, and I are team teaching.  I have been very busy preparing PowerPoint presentations for the ...

English Day at RGS, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

English Day at RGS

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... The first day the upper grades (4-6) shared their skits, readings and poems ending with the traditional biographies.  A Palestinian fable of a man catching a large fish caught everyone's attention.  A 4th grader was amazing as he explained, ...

Checkpoints and Spiritual Pilgrimages, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Checkpoints and Spiritual Pilgrimages

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... find it. We decided to give up and I know we missed a blessing because of the wall.   As we drove back to Ramallah, I somehow followed some cars off the road and the wall was open into Al-Ram, with no guards, no stopping and showing passports, ...

Shop 'til You Drop, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Shop 'til You Drop

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

... and groceries and bread and hand lotion and mouthwash, all from different stores.   We ended up in Angelo's, a Palestinian family restaurant with hearth baked pizza and lasagna, Middle East salads and bread, beef and chicken dishes plus ...

RFS Students Visit Amary Friends Preschool, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

RFS Students Visit Amary Friends Preschool

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... Preschool For the first time in many years, two specific Quaker classes have been added to the Ethics track in the Ramallah Friends School curriculum.  Starting in the past school year, juniors took "Quaker Faith and Practice" and 8th graders ...

What is normal?, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

What is normal?

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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... night anywhere.  It was choral and chamber classic night with world renowned musicians, the London (England) Choir and the Jerusalem (Ramallah) Chorus.  The place was 2/3 full and the applause was great.  II was marveling at the quality of ...

To drink, or not to drink?, Jericho, Palestinian Territory travel blog

To drink, or not to drink?

A travel blog entry by sloth

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... .   Would the problem have burned itself out by now?  Would sinful releases diffuse the focus of the Palestinian people?  Would things be worse for Israel?  Would things be worse for Palestine?  Could things be ...

It's Snowing!, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

It's Snowing!

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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It's snowing here!!  And the heat is on!!  God is good!   They rarely get snow so I was awakened by a phone call this morning -- "look out the window" and when I did - snow. I said "Oh, great" not in a positive way and Joyce said ...

Palestine (Part 1 of 4), Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Palestine (Part 1 of 4)

A travel blog entry by ashleyheacock

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... me before not to tell them I was going anywhere in Palestine, even though I definitely was.  However, my friend Mohammed, a Palestinian American whose apartment I was going to be staying at in Ramallah (which is in Palestine), told me to tell them I ...

Dust Storms and Flowers, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Dust Storms and Flowers

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

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Dust Storms and Flowers   Spring in Ramallah is the time for flowers and dust storms.  I've experienced both now!   As a preschooler living on the plains of Colorado, I remember dust storms well.  They would blow up and you ...

Hospitality, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Hospitality

A travel blog entry by quakertrish

... ; Here was a woman who spoke no English but was giving of items she had in her home to welcome me. The guards at the Ramallah Friends School too are taking special care of me. Yesterday, Mohammad sent a panhandler on his way and then offered to bring me ...

Heights of the Lord City, Ramallah, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Heights of the Lord City

A travel blog entry by peggy_prosser

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Ramallah in Arabic language means "The Heights of the Lord". Ramallah is the most affluent city/area of Palestine Territory. The area used to be where the wealthy Arabians would retreat during the summer. The place is on a high hill and is very ...

Palestine (Part 2 of 4), Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory travel blog

Palestine (Part 2 of 4)

A travel blog entry by ashleyheacock

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... , and various neighborhoods such as the areas that look like refugee camps as well as the areas that are beautiful and are where most Palestinian Americans keep their homes.  He explained to me as we drove by another section of town that a lot of ...

First Stop in Israel, Bethlehem, Bethlehem, West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian Territory travel blog

First Stop in Israel

A travel blog entry by ecsflemings

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We got up too early in Istanbul and were at the airport way across town by 5:30 a.m. After we checked in, we checked out our breakfast options. Gloria Jean's wanted $4.50 for a cup of coffee! We finally settled on sharing a breakfast croissant and coffee ...

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