Sunday, November 30, 2008
The launching of the English edition of a controversial book, at the Pasha Room in the American Colony Hotel. This blogger of yours has read half the book already and keeps thinking "If only 51% of the Israeli electorate would share the insights of Mr Burg the prospects for Peace in the area would be brighter indeed".
Thursday, November 27, 2008
How a serious historian who has accumulated data - and published a good book or two about Stalin -one day decides he can't stand it anymore and let his novelist's persona come to the fore. Will he be taken seriously next time he writes Historiography? I doubt it.
Hotel sign in Saladin Street in East Jerusalem
Made me thought of the legendary Cairo newspaper, and of the times of its formidable Editor-in-Chief, Mohamed Heikal, who performed a kind of double act with President Nasser in articulating the thoughts of the then new Egypt.
A "gathering" of Palestine refugees in South Lebanon. 'Gatherings' in UN slang are something in between aleatory shelter and a proper UNRWA-managed refugee camp. In the outskirts of Tyre. The housing was rather poor but the mosque was quite solid. "First things first" - said my neighbour when I pointed him the contrast between civil and religious architecture...