Sweet winter in the West Bank

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Guest contribution by Elif Fâtıma Görken

This winter I spent time in Palestine visiting dear friends who invited me to their city, Al-Quds, and showed me their beautiful homeland which has been occupied by Israel for the past 65 years. We traveled to some of the most ancient and vibrant Palestinian cities, including Bethlehem, Nablus, Ramallah, and Yaffa. I witnessed Israeli apartheid firsthand in every single city. The checkpoints, the apartheid wall, the segregated roads, the illegal settlements — all tools to maintain Israel’s system of violence and colonization. I could only stay for five days so I have come to deeply cherish the moments I spent with the most kind and hospitable people I know. Whenever I go through the photos from the trip, I feel like I am there all over again. I can hear the kids running around Masjid Al-Aqsa, I can almost taste the soft rainfall…

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