2 Faces of Hebron: Israeli Palestinian Conflict

2 Faces of Hebron: Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Expectation Background This is one of the places where the Israeli – Arab violent clashes happen. Hebron or Al Khalil is the largest city in the West Bank and the second largest city after Gaza in the Palestinian Territories. Separated into two areas called H1 and H2 – H1 is controlled by the Palestinian Authority while H2 is 20% controlled by Israel. Even though Hebron is largely under Palestinian Authority, there is a large presence of Israeli settlements. I toured H2, both the Palestinian and the Israeli quarters, to hear stories…

Centre of 3 religions in the holy land: Jerusalem

Centre of 3 religions in the holy land: Jerusalem

Expectation Jerusalem. Holy Land. Period! I couldn’t wait to get out of Tel Aviv! – No boss, no more work – Get out of boredom – Al Aqsa “There’s a strange aura in Jerusalem. You can feel it when you’re reaching the city,” said my boss. Jerusalem, the center of the Abrahamic religions – rich in history that Jews, Christians and Muslims are proud of. I get giddy reading about Jerusalem, I LOVE THIS CITY! History buffs should feel me! I expected colder temperatures, soldiers armed with rifles walking up…

More than just a business district: Tel Aviv

More than just a business district: Tel Aviv

Expectation This was a business trip that I couldn’t get out of. I’m a Muslim woman donning a hijab about to enter a Jew majority country, what was my first thought? I was terrified! Customs Heard horror stories of muslims being held at the customs for up to six hours, men mostly. And I’ve heard of some who were told to “come back again tomorrow”. I’ve heard of the stringent questioning at the customs. Some of my friends and colleagues who’ve been to Israel told me they were asked these…