• Women in the Middle East: Jordan- on Gender, Education, and the Limits of the Western Imagination

    Los Angeles Review of Books, January 20, 2013 On the last day of the semester at Al-Quds University in the West Bank, I entered the classroom to find the usual graffiti on the whiteboard, save for an odd symbol. It was a triangle filled with curlicues, topped by two circles with dots in the middle. …

  • Palestinian Roundtable on Gender, Education, and Life in the West Bank

    Los Angeles Review of Books, January 20, 2013 The following interview was conducted with four 18-year-old Palestinian women who attend a university in the West Bank. All of the women are Muslim, though they run the gamut as to the extent of their religiosity: Nawal self-defines as liberal; Salma says that she and her family …

  • Demolition fears haunt Israeli neighborhoods

    Al Jazeera English, December 18, 2012 Israel’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the state cannot extend its separation barrier through the West Bank village of Batir, located next to the Green Line that divides Israel from the Palestinian territories. Petitioners argued the wall would destroy Batir’s ancient agricultural terraces and unique irrigation system, both …

  • Strained Silence

    The Caravan: A journal of politics and culture, December 1, 2012 As is the case at most falafel stands across the country, the radio station of choice at my neighbourhood falafel stand is the Israeli Defense Forces’ Galgalatz. The station, I thought yesterday afternoon as I waited for lunch, is inescapable. It blasts from my neighbours’ …