Raphael’s novel, Murder Under the Fig Tree, is the second in a murder mystery series set in the West Bank, featuring a Palestinian Authority policewoman and a Jewish American Palestine solidarity activist.
I worked hard to identify opportunities for my 13-year-old campers to think critically about issues like gender, and to grow. However, there was and remains a limit to the cultural changes Ramah is willing to pursue, and that limit is the occupation.
Symbols and slogans take on meaning precisely because they are charged with the weight of fraught, painful, and contradictory pasts. They mean different things to different people. Respecting the power of these collisions constitutes both political good sense and common decency.