Chapter III, Tormented nights

Two years later, in 2002, the IDF invaded Nablus under the mission, Operation Defensive Shield. For one month, my camp was under blockade with a curfew imposed, which meant we no longer had access to the food and water that we used to receive from the United Nations. One memory will never leave my mind. How could I ever … Continue reading Chapter III, Tormented nights

Chapter II – My Childhood, The pain remains

I want to define myself as a refugee before defining myself as a Palestinian. Having a UN recognized refugee status has given me a first-hand and a unique perspective on the conflict. This unique identity has placed me, particularly in my childhood yet throughout my life, at the centre of the conflict, and a witness … Continue reading Chapter II – My Childhood, The pain remains

A Palestinian refugee, between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope Chapter I/VI, My Family: The pain just started

By Osama. A   Chapter 1, My Family: The pain just started   1948. This is the year when my family was first displaced from our homeland in Beer Sheva. It happened during the war, our house and farm were looted in cold blood. My grandfather passed away 10 years ago. He always told me … Continue reading A Palestinian refugee, between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope Chapter I/VI, My Family: The pain just started

Why did local elections get so heated yesterday in Turkey?

By Rosie  Many Turks around the world and in Turkey went from zero to 10 very quickly in their surprise, excitement, and expressed feelings of hope on social media and on the streets over the past 24 hours. Due to voting fraud cases in the past, many people from different political parties in the opposition … Continue reading Why did local elections get so heated yesterday in Turkey?

Mental Health Week

By Yaniv Today is the World Mental Health Day. Today is the first day of an entire week marking the "Mental Health Week" in Jerusalem. Throughout this week, 19 different events will be taking place in various locations across the city’. Ranging anywhere between movies, lectures, tours, and interfaith food-making classes. Everyone is welcome to … Continue reading Mental Health Week

Chaos & Faith

By Paula Where chaos and faith are found in every corner: Jerusalem       This is just one example of the important work produced by YaLa’s citizen journalists, a program funded by the European Union’s Peacebuilding Initiative in order to enable young leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to document and … Continue reading Chaos & Faith

Childlike Heart

 By Yousra, Morocco When we are born, we enter the world as a tabula rasa: nothing is written on us. We have only a future, no past. That is the meaning of innocence. We lose our childlike innocence as time passes, as we grow up and experience the world. I, as a child, was purely … Continue reading Childlike Heart