The ability to not get hopelessly lost in Jerusalem’s Old City felt like the pinnacle of achievements once upon a time. One always knows that there is more to see, but the new Enjoy Jerusalem website really proves the point.
A little-known treasure for the visiting set, and a little-visited site for anyone not from the Silwan neighbourhood of Jerusalem, the spring (Ayin) is rather an oasis set amid a somewhat less tranquil area where excavations to find the lost ‘City of David’ mean increasing pressure on residents.
A river runs through it. Okay, not quite, but the Bethlehem Museum does literally have an old Roman water pipe bisecting the building.
The museum’s current director, artist Inass Yassin, commenting on the recent exhibit ‘Unlike Other Springs,’ imagines more than one iteration of the spring of the show’s title.
With more than 10 publishing and distribution houses from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait represented, (bringing books from around the globe) there was much to see and do over the three book halls and three events rooms. Continue reading
Or learn Arabic more generally?
Check out Nathan’s 20 tips on reaching fluency
Take a gander at his compiled list of useful resources on how to study Arabic and it’ll be no time till you’re picking up a novel.
My own advice? Pick a book, start reading and just keep going. Look up words for the first chapter then only look up key words to keep you going. Once you’re done, go back and read sections you’re unsure of. This was how I got through my first Arabic novel on my own. It took about a month of solid reading, and was only 150 pages, but, you have to start somewhere!
Meet “Bedouie” the 5,000 year old Olive tree that lives in the village of Walaja southwest of Bethlehem.
In August, 2008, Mahmoud Darwish returned to Palestine for the last time.
He had passed away in Texas following a heart operation, and was flown to Ramallah where the Palestinian Authority held a large state funeral.
Soundscapes of Palestine on the sea bounce through your earbuds, conjuring scenes from the Karmel Market; the old mayor sitting in a bustling coffee shop (my imagined version was in fes and suit jacket), the owner fiddling with the dial on the new radio as passersby lingered to hear the latest news broadcast by Radio Palestine.