Easter in occupied, Palestinian Bethlehem

Life in occupied Palestine can be tough for students just trying to live daily life. I regularly publish the writings of… Brother Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University (see here) and the following is his latest missive: Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 I greet you again from this holy city of Jerusalem where we…

Thinking of occupied Bethlehem this Christmas

The reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation is often ignored in the West. This Christmas – I hope my readers have a safe and happy holiday season, wherever they may be – I’m once again publishing the regular missive from Brother Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University (his past writings are here).…

Life under occupation from Palestinian Bethlehem

Life in Palestine is often transmitted to the West by people who don’t live there, merely passing through. Father Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, has… regularly written missives… about reality under occupation. This is his Christmas message: 22nd… December 2011 Greetings again from this holy place! I still find it amazing to be here in…

Occupation stories from deep inside normal Palestinian lives

Life in Palestine is often transmitted to the West by people who don’t live there, merely passing through. Father Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, has regularly written missives about the reality under occupation. Here’s his latest: Easter Sunday 24th April 2011 Again I send special greetings on Easter Sunday from here in…

Life under occupation in the holy city of Bethlehem

I regularly feature the writings of Father Peter Bray, a New Zealander who heads Bethlehem University. He offers first-hand accounts of the realities of occupation: 7 July 2010 Greetings from this holy place! Last week we finally celebrated the graduation of 656 students and so brought to an end the academic year which was the…

Life in Bethlehem is anything but blessed

Back in July, I visited the occupied city of Bethlehem and spent time at the world-renowned university there. Now, Br Peter Bray,Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University (and from New Zealand),… has sent out an end of year missive outlining the reality of life in an occupied city. It may have a holy history, but in 2009…

In Bethlehem, students are warehoused behind the wall

My following article recently appeared on Mondoweiss: Antony Loewenstein writes from East Jerusalem: “Signs of Hope Emerge in the West Bank” was a headline in the New York Times on 16 July. On the same day, the London Guardian headlined a similar story, “Allure of normal life triumphs in West Bank ‘ghost town‘”. Both pieces…