Echoing Yaffa

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.

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Love and a settlement…

Nosing around an abandoned caravan in a Jewish-only settlement in the occupied West Bank of Palestine — a settlement that was built on confiscated land and was once used to be home to a camp for lost boys, but had been closed down because of abuse allegations (right? wrap your head around that for a second) — I found a bright but dusty Charlie Brown book for kids.

Wait, what? 
 
Let me tell you the story.

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