Shmuki

The first morning after I came home to Israel from a wonderful, but not luxurious trip to Greece I took a cup of coffee and the newspaper up to my roof to catch up. I heard mew mew from the small machsan and found a little black kitten crouched among the old pillows and chairs. After some encouragement I got him to emerge. How did he get up there? Of course, I got some food and milk for him. He stayed. I fed him. When I came up to the roof he would curl up with me as I read. I had to provide a sand box for him, and […]

My son the soldier

My son the soldier

« C’est à celui qui domine sur les esprits par la force de la vérité, non à ceux qui font les esclaves par la violence, que nous devons nos respects ». Cette citation de Voltaire pourrait faire suite aux mots de Daniel dont le fils, soldat en Israël, a été confronté à un dilemme pendant son service militaire. Text in French and English

The pixelated cow

The pixelated cow

L’artiste palestinien Amer Shomali nous raconte pourquoi il a sculpté une vache pixellisée. «68 000 petits cubes que j’ai collés à la main, explique-t-il. C’est ma vache, quand je l’appelle je dis ma vache pixellisée, ou ma vache de Troie.» Text in French and English + Bonus video.

Demonic torture in a Libyan prison

Demonic torture in a Libyan prison

Rafram Haddad est un photographe israélien. En reportage en Libye sous le régime de Kadhafi, il raconte comment il a été arrêté par la police secrète, détenu et torturé pendant six mois dans les geôles libyennes. Dans cet enfer, seule la faculté de rêver lui a permis de tenir… Audio in English, text in French

Jail memories

Jail memories

Parfois, la tension est telle qu’un fou rire parvient à désamorcer l’angoisse. Palestinien originaire de Ramallah, Souleyman Khatib a été emprisonné en Israël dès son plus jeune âge. Il milite aujourd’hui au sein d’un programme pour le rapprochement israélo-palestinien. Video in English, text in French

Surprise party

Surprise party

En Égypte comme ailleurs, pas facile de rester copain avec son ex-femme. Surtout quand, comme Khaled, on se retrouve face à celui qui vous a remplacé, dans son propre appartement, et sous le regard de sa fille ! Ce soir-là, pour l’anniversaire surprise de Leïla, la tension est à son comble… Une histoire qui parlera à beaucoup, pour terminer ce troisième parcours sur un air de fête. Audio in English, text in French

My Son the Soldier

July 2006, an hour before sunset. In my home near Tel Aviv, the phone rings. It is my son David. I hadn’t heard from him for a whole week. I was happy that he had found the time to phone us, and was even more happy to know that he was alright. David, 21 years old and in the last months of his military service, was phoning from the north of Israel, and sounded disturbed. That was natural, because he was in the middle of fighting a war. Israel was at war with the extremist Shiite Muslim militia Hizballah in Lebanon who was firing hundreds of missiles and rockets at […]

Few hours in Haifa

Today, my mother told me that I have the permission to enter Haifa and Akka from the so-called “Israeli government”. I was really excited and started preparing myself while imagining the sea in front of me. The words started to form sentences in my mind: “Finally your dream came true, you are going to see what others had taken from your country, the precious Mediterranean Sea.” I didn’t sleep, I just waited for tomorrow. I told my sister that I would wake her up because I would be the first who’s awake. The sun started to shine and we were ready to go. We went to the center of the […]

A true story from Nablus

I discovered this story watching this documentary: In the spider’s web, produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hanna Musleh (http://thisweekinpalestine.com/details.php?catid=11&id=1505&edid=108).   The film, says the Youtube note, is part of Al-Haq’s campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinians. Bellow is the transcription of the English subtitles of Maysoun’s story: I am Maysoun Salah Nayef Hayek. I was married to martyr Muhammad Abdallah Daoud Hayek. We has a very simple wedding because of the political events and checkpoints, and also because there were many martyrs. We respected the situation. Anyone who gets married dreams of having a baby who will carry his name. I […]