Just a Stone’s Throw Away

You know you’re close to a border when your cell service suddenly changes and “Welcome to Israel” appears on the screen.  Except we weren’t in Israel.  We were in the northwest corner of Jordan, near the boundaries of Israel and Syria.  Borders in this region are more than lines on a map.  They mark the […]

Labels and Names

Here’s the problem: You can memorize all the terms, understand their origins, become conversant in the nuances, even know when not to use them. The Zionists and Palestinians. The settlers and the freedom fighters. Those who support Fatah or Hamas or Likud or Labor. And then you meet the people and they confuse you.  Like […]

Jordan Impressions

Traveling to Jordan for 10 days was truly a leap of faith.  I went to listen, learn and find out what could be done to help the Syrian refugees.  I came back with some answers and many questions.  But here are some of my simple impressions of the country of Jordan. 1. Jordan is the […]