THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE: “The Heat is On” August 2013 July 31, 2013


When you read this edition’s articles – and yes, I am assuming that we all read each issue from cover to cover, preferably curled up on a comfortable couch at home, enjoying a breezy summer evening – you will come to the conclusion I came to: the heat is definitely on. Or as my son likes to put it, “We are in big Oh-Oooh” (trouble). From a tragically desecrated historical cemetery that has stood witness to Palestinian presence in this land, to the increased temperature averages, to greater restriction of movement and lost IDs, Palestine is going through a difficult time. As always, this month’s issue is diverse, and while it is easy to focus on the pressures, there are still a few whiffs of the summer breezes that bring hope. Read Ali Qleibo’s article on the disappearing Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Cemetery and Israel’s deliberate desecration of an historical Muslim burial site. Taha Hamdan writes about the looting of archaeological sites and how that has played a role in the loss of important historical Palestinian artefacts. Sami Khoury takes the heat down a bit and paints a hopeful, breezy picture of Palestine as a summer vacation destination. And do not forget to check out the In the Limelight section. No matter how much you read of this edition, make sure you have a tall glass of something cold, because it is August, and as our grandmothers love to say, “ Hada Aab Al-lahhab!” (August is the fiery month!)
Riyam Kafri-AbuLaban
Advisory Board Member

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