Category Archives: The Question Of Palestine

Offering Silence To The Oppressed

An exhibition called ‘Beware The Cost Of War’ recently opened in London. Reading about it in the New York Times ‘Lens’ blog left me deeply disappointed and concerned. Let me explain. (Aside: Yoav Galai, the curator, is someone I have called a friend for some time now and I hope that he will forgive me […]

The Shock Of Gaza Or Salvaging Something From What Was Nearly Nothing

A few days after arriving in Gaza last January, I posted the following piece on the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting’s Untold Stories blog site dedicated to the Gaza project that writer Elliott Woods and I were working on. I think it fairly captures what was going on in my head during that time. On […]

Gaza On My Mind

Wikipedia has an entry about Professor Ammiel Alcalay. How cool is that? It says that he is ‘…an American, scholar, critic, translator, and prose stylist. Born and raised in Boston, he is a first-generation American, son of Sephardic Jews from São Tomé and Príncipe. His work often examines how poetry and politics affect the way […]

Gaza Diary: January 30 2009 10:33 PM

Are you from Pakistan? I am not sure how he knew for we had not met nor spoken to each other. I was just about the get up to leave Al-Awda mosque in Rafah, Gaza when a man sitting behind me introduced himself and asked if I was from Pakistan. How did he know? Why […]

Gaza Diary: January 24 2009 18:00 PM

The water pipe has many names. In the balkans it is called a ‘lula‘ or ‘lulava’. In Egypt and the Persian Gulf it is often referred to as a ‘shishe’. In Iran it is called a ‘ganja’ pronounced as ‘ghelyoon’. In India and Pakistan it is called a ‘huqqa’. In the Palestinian Territories, the Levant, […]

Gaza Diary: January 22 2009 14:25PM

On the Getty Images archive you can type in ‘Gaza Destroyed’ and retrieve over 5,500 images to select from.  If you run the query ‘Gaza Funerals’ you will get back over 7,000 images.  I was unable to check the Corbis archives because at the time of writing this entry their site was undergoing maintenance.  But […]

The Limits of Photojournalism

It is perhaps the most interesting, creative and compelling book of photography I have ever read. I have looked and read it over a dozen times in the last 8 years.  Edward Said & Jean Mohr’s ‘After The Last Sky: Palestinian Lives’ is perhaps the only example that I know of of a brilliant writer […]