One reason music is powerful is that it exists in context -- in place and time. A song plays on the radio and we hurtle back in our memory to the sweetheart we danced with once upon a time. A musical theme announces a favorite movie or series and the pleasure of watching it comes flooding back. … [Read more...] about A Bethlehem Prayer Service at Christmastime: Washington, DC simulcast with Bethlehem, Palestine
Today the world honors the life of Nelson Mandela. I read about South African activists posting pro-Palestine banners at the Mandela memorial. That lead me to read the text of a speech Mandela gave on December 4, 1997 at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. These are … [Read more...] about Nelson Mandela Speaking About the Palestinian People
My family and I went to see the new IMAX movie "Jerusalem" on Saturday.?The photography is amazing, and the access to sacred sites is unparalleled. You could go on a thousand pilgrimages to Jerusalem and never see these events from this perspective. I'll paste the movie trailer below, it's worth … [Read more...] about Why Jerusalem? The IMAX movie.
The Gatekeepers?is a 2012 documentary about Israel's secret service agency, the Shin Bet. The filmmaker, Dror Moreh, interviewed the six men who have served as head of the Shin Bet from its beginnings in 1948. The fact that these men agreed to be interviewed is absolutely stunning. The interviews … [Read more...] about The Gatekeepers, 2012 documentary
Yesterday I met Daoud Nassar, and I would like to introduce you. "I am a Palestinian Christian farmer," Daoud says. There are very few of his kind left. His family's land lies six miles southwest of Bethlehem, 100 acres that his grandfather purchased in 1916. The family has owned the land through … [Read more...] about Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer