MEET – Middle East Education through Technology

Like everyone else I know, I have a cousin in Israel. He is 14 years old, cute, smart and told me that his favourite subject at school is Arabic. “Have you ever met an Arab kid your age?” I asked him. “No.” “Would you ever like to meet an Arab kid your age?” At this … Continue reading

Windows – channels for communication

A Window to the Conflict On 21 October, Flowers in The Desert arranged a meeting at the small Windows office in South Tel Aviv to learn more about the organisation. Cindy Katz wrote the following post: I almost had a sense that none of us, myself included, should have been there.  Watching a panel of … Continue reading

UNITAF – combating “pirate” kindergartens

A little haven in the central bus station of Tel Aviv The last thing you’d expect to find in Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station is a daycare centre. When walking near the station, it’s hard not to be struck by its ugliness. In fact a Ha-aretz article describes it as “ a gigantic cement maze” … Continue reading

Budo for Peace

“Fighting for peace” Imagine believing you can fight for peace. Danny Hakim, the charismatic founder of Budo for Peace has got over one thousand Arab and Jewish kids in Israel not just believing it, but practicing it everyday. During the last ten years Budo for Peace has created twenty clubs throughout Israel where various martial … Continue reading

Strangers in the Land – Hotline for Migrant Workers

Somehow, when I came to Israel, going to prison was just not on the agenda. Yet here I am, and strangely over the last few months it has become a familiar place. Fortunately I am only here as a visitor. But had I been born in a different place, I might have found myself here … Continue reading