Tesfu Atsbha speaks at Eritrean community center in south Tel Aviv Israel (photo by Mya Guarnieri)

How to End the Eritrean Refugee Crisis

The Nation, December 2, 2015 Tesfu Atsbha, 35, stands in the alley behind an unmarked Eritrean community center in south Tel Aviv, just blocks away from the park where a memorial service was held for Habtom Zerhum a few days before. Zerhum, an Eritrean asylum seeker, was killed when he was mistaken for a Palestinian …

View of Al Aqsa from a home in the Muslim Quarter photo by Mya Guarnieri

Old problems in Jerusalem’s Old City

IRIN, November 23, 2015 Faten Ghosheh, a 33-year-old Palestinian mother of five, stands on the roof of her partially demolished home in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Al-Aqsa Mosque visible behind her. She recalls the moment five years ago when Israeli forces arrived at 5am to tear down the two rooms and bathroom that her husband …

Labneh Zaatar Zeit in Khalili dishes photo by Mya Guarnieri

Eat the breakfast of a king and the dinner of a pauper

Roads & Kingdoms, November 16, 2015 One can learn much about labneh—that is, the version of the breakfast food that appears in Palestinian homes—through the word itself. Both the name and the substance labneh are derived from laben, yogurt. But it also shares a root with “block,” as in the substance used to build. And …

The principle is to separate Maariv newspaper photo by Mya Guarnieri

This is What the Israelis Really Want

The World Post at The Huffington Post, October 23, 2015 It’s Wednesday night. I’ve just left the memorial for Habtom Zarhum, the Eritrean asylum seeker who was mistaken for a Palestinian during the attack on the Beersheba bus station. Zarhum was shot by a security guard and was then “lynched”by an Israeli mob. They cursed …

Eritreans mourn photo by Mya Guarrnieri

Asylum seekers mourn lynched Eritrean man

+972 Magazine, October 23, 2015 Hundreds of Eritreans and Sudanese nationals gathered in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park Wednesday evening to mourn Habtom Zerhum, the asylum seeker who was shot and severely beaten Sunday night during a terrorist attack in the Beer Sheva bus station. They lit candles and wept. Desale Tesfay, 35, from Eritrea, …

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The lynching of Habtom Zarhum: A history of incitment

+972 Magazine, October 20, 2015 An Eritrean asylum seeker was mistaken for a Palestinian during ashooting attack at the Be’er Sheva bus station Sunday night. Habtom Zarhum, 29, was shot by a security guard who thought he was a terrorist and then – as the asylum seeker lay bleeding on the ground – civilians kicked …

University students in the West Bank photo by Pal Fest

This is What Palestinian Youth Really Want

The World Post at The Huffington Post, October 19, 2015 It’s Friday morning and East Jerusalem is on lockdown, the city’s Palestinian neighborhoods cut off by new, hastily erected checkpoints — massive cement blocks manned by Israeli soldiers. In Tel Aviv, however, it’s the beginning of the weekend, and it feels like it. The streets …

CPT photo of Magav arresting Palestinian in East Jerusalem

How does Israel stop Palestinians from protesting?

Al Jazeera English, October 19, 2015 Israeli police came to activist Adan Tartour’s home in Jaffa at half past midnight on October 7, and pounded on the door. When the Tartours opened it, police said that they had an arrest warrant. Adan Tartour, 18, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was put under arrest for “suspicion of violence …

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88 pieces made it into the ACCH’s biennial show

Broward Palm Beach New Times, September 15, 2015 The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a quaint yellow building with stately palm trees and well-landscaped shrubbery. Usually, it’s the art inside that’s controversial — not the politics surrounding the place. But over the summer, Jane Hart, who had been the curator for eight years, …