Visit to the Holy Land: Israel-Palestine, May 2009 Kathy Staudt
 
A lifetime dream… <ul><li>Raised Lutheran, attended Atonement Lutheran parochial school, Grades 1-8, with Bible History EV...
 
 
Israel: A Security State <ul><li>Airport checks in US and Tel Aviv </li></ul><ul><li>40-minute drive: a preview of checkpo...
 
 
 
Bir Zeit University <ul><li>Founded: </li></ul><ul><li>Strong commitment to education </li></ul><ul><li>“We are all cousin...
 
 
 
 
 
Jerusalem: The Old City <ul><li>Market divided into quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Holy P...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visit to Galilee <ul><li>Israeli tour guide and the Zionist Grand Narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Nazareth: Basilica of the An...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Home demolitions: bureaucratic authoritarianism <ul><li>Tent protests </li></ul><ul><li>Press conference </li></ul><ul><li...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tunnel Tour…w/a Palestinian tour guide, w/Hebrew & English (not Arabic) signs  <ul><li>The search for Solomon’s Temple: Si...
 
 
 
 
 
Bethlehem <ul><li>Walls and Checkpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Eternal Christmas: strings of Santas and bells across streets </...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Visit to the holy land

  1. 1. Visit to the Holy Land: Israel-Palestine, May 2009 Kathy Staudt
  2. 3. A lifetime dream… <ul><li>Raised Lutheran, attended Atonement Lutheran parochial school, Grades 1-8, with Bible History EVERY day… </li></ul><ul><li>A close friend, who once taught sociology at UTEP but now teaches at American U, has a family home in Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation to speak at Bir Zeit University in Palestine (OPTs), near Ramullah </li></ul>
  3. 6. Israel: A Security State <ul><li>Airport checks in US and Tel Aviv </li></ul><ul><li>40-minute drive: a preview of checkpoints, borders, and Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, atop hills, with Palestinian villages beneath </li></ul>
  4. 10. Bir Zeit University <ul><li>Founded: </li></ul><ul><li>Strong commitment to education </li></ul><ul><li>“We are all cousins” </li></ul><ul><li>Egyptian 1 st Lady comment: Palestinians ‘more like them than like us’ </li></ul>
  5. 16. Jerusalem: The Old City <ul><li>Market divided into quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Holy Places for the three monotheistic religions accessible from here: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dome of the Rock/Haram al Sharif (Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac. Mohammed’s ascension into heaven)—also Al-Aqsa Mosque, with men and women inside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wailing Wall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church of the Holy Sepulcher (divided/managed by different national-ethnic segments): Calvary 2 nd floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stations of the Cross (embedded amid and in between merchants and vendors) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 24. Visit to Galilee <ul><li>Israeli tour guide and the Zionist Grand Narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Nazareth: Basilica of the Annunciation (a “living church”). Site of Mary’s home, where Gabriel announced pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Capernaum, contested historic “border” space </li></ul><ul><li>Sea of Galilee w/speedboats </li></ul><ul><li>Jordan River, Kibbutz, and baptisms </li></ul><ul><li>For sale: wine from Canaan, water from the Jordan River, etc. </li></ul>
  7. 37. Home demolitions: bureaucratic authoritarianism <ul><li>Tent protests </li></ul><ul><li>Press conference </li></ul><ul><li>“ ethnic cleansing” </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: Building King David’s Park, after demolishing a swath of 100 homes in Silwan: Rule of law? </li></ul>
  8. 44. Tunnel Tour…w/a Palestinian tour guide, w/Hebrew & English (not Arabic) signs <ul><li>The search for Solomon’s Temple: Size? </li></ul><ul><li>Tunneling under the Dome of the Rock </li></ul><ul><li>Above ground: the Garden of Gethsemane (size ~ < football field?), selling olive leaves </li></ul>
  9. 50. Bethlehem <ul><li>Walls and Checkpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Eternal Christmas: strings of Santas and bells across streets </li></ul><ul><li>The Birthplace: Christians kissing rocks </li></ul><ul><li>Israeli Settlements in OPT: on mountain tops </li></ul>

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