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Unsettled, I excuse myself and call my cousin who lives in Beit Jala, explaining the situation to her. She calls me back within minutes and assures me that her cousin is on his way to help me out. “Karam knows all the policemen in the district. Do not worry.”
Have you ever thought about wifi password patterns? Recently, I’ve been thinking about this as I’ve noted a certain consistency in Palestinian password preferences. Here are a few common passwords Palestinians like to use. Whether you are in a private home or a restaurant in Palestine, I highly suspect it is one of the following:
Yesterday morning, I drove out of Jerusalem on one of the busiest days of the year as the city is packed with Israeli Jews celebrating Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. I went to pick up my Palestinian friends in Beit Jala, Bethlehem and Beit Sahour. Since they are from the West Bank, they are not allowed to be on Israeli roads, so we drove through “The Valley of Fire”’ and the back roads to Jericho in order to get to Area C, where both Israelis and Palestinians can drive. We were on our way to Jesus’ baptismal site to join the march for peace initiated by Women Wage Peace.
In an unprecedented move, Hamas and the Israeli government have taken bold steps to change the face of the conflict and the Middle East. Hamas has declared that it will lay down its arms, and in a show of good-faith, they are filling in all their tunnels. The Israeli public has reacted with shock and disbelief. Israel, not to be outdone, has announced the dismantlement of its nuclear and chemical weapons, and calls for a regional convention on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Palestinian public is waiting to see evidence of Israel’s weapon dismantlement.