Category: Middle East

Middle East

Top 10 Defining Songs of 2017 OG Middle East – Team One

As Plato once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” What would Titanic be without “My Heart Will Go On,” Ghostbusters without “Who You Gonna Call,” or Singing in the Rain without… well, “Singing in the Rain”?

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Middle East

Remembering Hashem al-Azzeh

This picture isn’t exactly the most eye-catching photo, and I doubt you really would look twice at it if I didn’t have a chance to explain the story behind it.

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Middle East

Our Last Day with the Kids

It was madness. The kids splashed and jumped and yelled and laughed and threw water at each other and at us and ran out and slipped and wow… Pure chaos.

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Mea Shearim modesty signs. Photo by WikiCommons/ Lisa Mathon
Middle East

An Almost Amusing Choir

A woman in traditional ultra-Orthodox Jewish attire told Alex and I to pull up our sweaters and cover our necks. Little kids stared and pointed and ran away.

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Ramallah
Middle East

Freedom and Fences

At what point can you justify what happens at the walls and at the checkpoints with the protection Israel is receiving?

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Middle East

500 Meters from Gaza

This was juxtaposition at its finest. The birds chirping in Ronnie’s gardens as she told us about the governments limits on water and electricity across the border.

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Negev desert
Middle East

The Big Picture and the Little Details

In the morning we rode the light rail through all of Jerusalem, from east and west. Part of the activity included identifying the differences in every area or noting at what stops the changes happened. At one point we had a mishap with the tickets and the ticket checkers didn’t let us out in the east, telling us it wasn’t safe. I think we’re beginning to notice that the bigger picture is better painted with the small details.

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2015 Middle East: Behind the Headlines team
Middle East

Jerusalem: The First Days

The wonderful thing about this program is that we all seem to be in the same mentality – purposely putting ourselves in a place where most tourists are too afraid to see, willing and excited to help where we can, and anxious to learn about a culture that has already intrigued us and fascinated us on Day 1.

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