Notes from Jerusalem

[Jerusalem Diaries. August 2015.] I'm back in Jerusalem, interning with the Palestine-Israel Journal. PIJ is a quarterly magazine that aims to explicate complex issues dividing Israeli and Palestinian societies, among other things. This morning, the co-editor of the journal joked about the confounding nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a man visited the region for a… Continue reading Notes from Jerusalem

What is ‘Normal’, Anyway?

A few years ago, I volunteered with an NGO in Jerusalem that cares for people with varying levels of intellectual disability, including Down Syndrome and autism. I had tumbled into it with no prior experience or knowledge of Hebrew, and I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I would respond. The originally-planned 3-month trip turned… Continue reading What is ‘Normal’, Anyway?

Morning at Qalandia

[Dispatches from Israel/Palestine. September 2015.] When the alarm buzzed at the unnatural hour of half past four in the morning, I had to do everything in my power to resist turning it off, forgetting the world and going back to sleep. At Qalandia, however, schoolchildren half my age repeat this process day after day, of… Continue reading Morning at Qalandia