Well, I had all these great intentions of writing more blogs once I returned to Australia in May last year. The grieving and jet lag I experienced for weeks after my return delayed any advocacy work. I made up for the slow start by being extremely busy for the last 6 months of 2017. I undertook numerous presentations about my time in Palestine, visited my Federal Member of Parliament and organised documentary screenings.
Of particular note was a public art exhibition I was involved in which saw me produce 7 paintings which were on display for a month at a local library. This presented a timely and rewarding experience of creating images based on themes I had witnessed in the West Bank.
Click on this link to see the handout that explains the meaning behind my woven paintings: Palestine Painting descriptions
And here are the finished woven paintings. Two paintings are literally weaved together to highlight how enmeshed and complex life is in this land. My paintings are for sale and each has a price listed on it. Money raised from the sale of my artwork enables me to continue to undertake short term mission/aid trips.
I’m in the final week of my placement here in Palestine. As my time draws to an end I’m conscious of how much I still want to see, hear, and experience. I’m conscious of how much I’m going to miss the beautiful, generous, resilient people of this land. I’m conscious that I may never see them again, which fills me with deep sadness.
As these closing days will be filled with farewells and preparing up-to-date information for the new team, I won’t have any time to write more blogs.
There is still so much I desperately want to share so stay tuned to read more blog posts once I return to OZ.
Ancient pebbles, washed over by tranquil waters. What feet have walked on you, Arab, Jew, Christian, few… What feet have come to your shore Sea of Galilee, needing to receive from you rejuvenation and peace which only cleansing waters can offer?
Click on the link to read more……Sitting by the Sea
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
How would you feel if you’d got up at the crack of dawn and had been waiting outside the entrance to your employment in the cold and dark only to be told, “we’re not letting you go to work today because your clothes are too clean”. Sounds absurd doesn’t it! But this was actually told to one Palestinian farmer by a soldier at an agricultural gate I had observed.
Click on the link to read more……..Throwing My Arms Up!
“Every violation that occurs is directly related to Settlers” is a comment I heard recently about the situation here in the West Bank. Upon reflection, I must admit, it has a ring of truth to it. Settler security and Settlement expansion in the West Bank appears to be of paramount importance to the Israeli authority, given the amount of expense, personnel and infrastructure devoted to it.
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On a road to nowhere!
From the title, you might be mistaken in thinking I’m referring to my experience of discovering a new culture for the first time…difficulty in finding my way around, the language and unfamiliar customs. True, I did encounter such things, but the overwhelming hospitality and welcoming spirit of Palestinians meant any culture shock was tempered, and became a joyful experience.
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When nothing makes sense
Please stay tuned for the first post about my time in the West Bank, Palestine.