Diary entries

RIP: A funeral attacked

By now, the footage of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral procession being brutally attacked by Israeli police forces in East Jerusalem today has been broadcast around the world. Many will call it shocking: instead, I would call it chilling. https://twitter.com/RiyaAlsanah/status/1525122100259872768?t=ZkBHDtIS3jQO4vk3VuPxRA&s=08 It was not shocking that the police forces used brutality on a peaceful gathering: this has … Continue reading RIP: A funeral attacked

Is Israel guilty of apartheid?

When Putin decided to invade Ukraine with zero grounds or provocation it was the natural order for the international community to ‘Stand with Ukraine’ and start isolating Russia through sanctions and other measures. People around the world were appalled and they expected to see immediate action taken to defend innocent people. Not all aggressors use … Continue reading Is Israel guilty of apartheid?

Book review: In This Place Together

GUEST BLOG by Nikki Jeffery In May of this year a new book was released titled ‘In this place together’ written by Penina Eilberg-Schwartz with Sulaiman Khatib. It is the personal story of peace activist Sulaiman (Souli) and his life living in occupied Palestine. The book documents Souli’s journey from fighting the occupation through armed … Continue reading Book review: In This Place Together


On a hot summer’s day, the sea started to beckon, and we set off for the picturesque town of Jaffa, that holds a special place in the hearts of many Palestinians. Jaffa is an ancient port town on the Mediterranean coast, that has been inhabited for thousands of years. It features in several Biblical stories … Continue reading Jaffa

News from East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem has featured prominently in the news over the past week. On 27 April, Human Rights Watch issued a 213 page report which examines Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and concludes that there is strong evidence that Israel is committing crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution. This is most severe in the occupied territories … Continue reading News from East Jerusalem

Basma – Giving hope to children with disabilities

It was June last year when I first visited the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JPBC) situated on the Mount of Olives. The organisation provides rehabilitation services to children with disabilities across East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Founded in 1961, when East Jerusalem and the West Bank were under Jordanian rule, the organisation took … Continue reading Basma – Giving hope to children with disabilities


Last week saw Ramadan kick off across the Islamic world, and for the pre-dominantly Muslim population of East Jerusalem, it is a time of both celebration and sacrifice. Ramadan is one of the five core pillars of Islam which requires healthy Muslim adults to go without all food and water from sunrise to sunset for … Continue reading Ramadan

Guest diary entry – A walk through East Jerusalem

I was very pleased, only 20 minutes after posting last week’s blog, to receive my first diary entry from an East Jerusalem resident. In setting up this blog, I thought I might have to cajole people into contributing (i.e. bribe my friends) which would have risked missing the real story. I wasn’t expecting the first … Continue reading Guest diary entry – A walk through East Jerusalem