Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel

I was 26 years old and I've never met the Palestinians who lived only 5 minutes away from my neighborhood. I stood at this beautiful observation point in Jerusalem and looked upon the Palestinian villages near Bethlehem. My entire life I was living here but I've never visited them. Next to me were standing a … Continue reading Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel

Life is Priceless by A, Gaza, Palestine

6 AM, on the fifteenth of January, 2009. It was a very cold morning. My family and I woke up to the terrifying noises of the Israeli bulldozers. At first, we were not totally aware of the situation. As far as we knew, the Israeli occupation had left Gaza a long time ago. However, the … Continue reading Life is Priceless by A, Gaza, Palestine

How it all happened by Y. Yemen

On March 21st, a few hundred men who mainly came from the province of Saada in Yemen, and who were surrounding Sana'a, the capital, overran the city and within a few hours controlled every public facility in it. The men were gathering around the city for few weeks before they made their way inside it. … Continue reading How it all happened by Y. Yemen

Any port in a storm by Duha, Palestine

"I never thought I would become an English teacher," my mother said. This story I am going to tell is my mother's. I dreamed of being a doctor, I always have. My father told me, “Just pass your Tawjihi exam with a high mark and I will send you to France, to study medicine.” I … Continue reading Any port in a storm by Duha, Palestine

Friends forever by Aya, Palestine

"Friends forever", that's what we called each other. We had planned our future since we were in tenth grade, and we planned what we wanted to be in the future. We worked hard on studying for our Al-Tawjeehi exams (the end of high school exams). We used to chat together, sometimes argue and other times … Continue reading Friends forever by Aya, Palestine