The Elephant Cloud


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May 20th, 2010 by · 4 Comments · Middle East, Palestine

“Why do you want to venture into the West Bank?welcome home

Ominous 25ft walled gates wrapped in barbed wire and torn plastic bags escorted my crossing. Passport control, one-way turnstile, another passport control.  An endless reminder of entering somewhere forbidden, dangerous as I cleared each security check, until the last gates opened and I entered Bethlehem,  said birthplace of Jesus Christ.

Snaking for miles, dividing the Holy Land,  stark gray walls on the Israeli side give way to artistic expression canvassed across the Palestinian walls,  so began my journey of photographing these images.

I was advised to keep my nationality quiet, but when the first question, “Where are you from?” reverberates down corridors and alleyways within the Middle East, I prefer not to lie, “I’m American.”

This set off a monologue of emotion with misunderstanding, sadness and rare spouts of anger.  At times, we were brushed off or asked to leave,  more often we were invited into the homes of Muslims,  a gesture of peace.

As a non-Muslim woman, I was surprised when the Muezzin of the Bethlehem Mosque invited me upstairs to his Minaret,  a room reserved for men, where at precisely 1:15 he sang  the call to prayer.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the world’s major sources of instability.  Through my extensive travels, humanity prevails and people world wide share the same aspirations- a world free of war, famine and destruction.



  • July 3rd, 2010 by becca

    I admire you’re courage to be honest. :) love you, becca

  • July 2nd, 2010 by mom

    Nice end of adventures.
    Can’t wait to see you both soon,

  • July 1st, 2010 by Marcelo Diversi

    Heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, at least to me…excellent eye, as always!!!

    Missing both of you…but enjoying (though silently of late, sorry) following your adventures across the planet…


  • July 1st, 2010 by kbs

    powerful. thanks.

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