My 21st Birthday in Palestine

In second grade I invited my classmates and friends from school to celebrate my birthday. My mom and I cooked all day and prepared a one-of-a-kind home-made Barbie-like cake with a real doll inside. It was perfect. When nobody came I stayed at our apartment's balcony hoping that people are just late, crying. The only … Continue reading My 21st Birthday in Palestine

You know what “Occupation” means, right? (A lesson from a failed educator! :P)

Today I led my first class of English for beginners at the Hebron YDRC. The group for beginners will meet every Tuesday and Thursday and I was very excited to finally start teaching after spending last week correcting placement tests and preparing lesson plans 🙂 I had scheduled a program of diverse activities aiming to … Continue reading You know what “Occupation” means, right? (A lesson from a failed educator! :P)

Yet another day in Hebron: Protests and Clashes

I work at the Hebron Youth Development Resource Center and I live in what is known as Beit al Tafl, probably the biggest center for youth and children in the West Bank. As we were about  to finish work today, my collegues told me there were shootings and gas bombs thrown nearby by the Israeli … Continue reading Yet another day in Hebron: Protests and Clashes

Day 1 and Arrival: the magic of excitement

I arrived at the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport in Israel at 00.15 on the 23rd of May after what I know was the longest and most stressful travel experience I've ever had. It all started in New York as I was told I can not board my flight to Moscow as my flight to … Continue reading Day 1 and Arrival: the magic of excitement

6 must-watch Italian movies

"The Great Beauty" is a thought-provoking story set up in the vibrant city of Rome. It raises questions about priviledge, affluence and ultimately- the purpose of life and the quality of the well-lived life, while sarcastically describing the life in the ancient capital of lust and sin and encapsulating the senses with the high quality … Continue reading 6 must-watch Italian movies

Books that Inspire! For Palestine campaign at Middlebury College

Thanks to the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) at Middlebury College, this summer I will intern in Hebron Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) in the West Bank, Palestine. This is the first of a series of initiatives I am planning to implement hoping to contribute for the empowerment of young people in Palestine. Books … Continue reading Books that Inspire! For Palestine campaign at Middlebury College

Ajami: when life bears no value

Ajami is a skillfully produced movie with an intense plot developed through the use of exciting cinematographic approaches. The narrator of the tragic Israeli-Palestinian tale about human suffering is a young boy called Nasri whose family is deeply troubled. His uncle gets into a conflict with a local gang which then attempts to kill him … Continue reading Ajami: when life bears no value