Jerusalem Pride set for another successful year (from 2011)

This post was a draft rediscovered in a corner of my blog! Originally written in June, 2011.  Despite past controversy, annual march charges ahead By Ryan Ariel Simon JERUSALEM, Israel (June 21) – As this year’s gay pride event approaches the mood is calm, and organizers expect another step forward for Jerusalem’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, … Continue reading

In mind, out of body

His eyes snapped open, loud cracks filled the air around him as the flying bullets slowly dismantled the plaster above him. He ducked his head under his arms and drew protection behind the large concrete roadblocks left behind by his invading brothers. Emmanuel had been in conflict before, but never this intense. Rage coursed through … Continue reading

One place, two names

The dueling narriatives of Judea and Samaria, and the West Bank By Ryan Ariel Simon JERUSALEM (June 9)  – Yisrael Medad stands on a grassy hill, almost the tallest, save one shouldering the town yeshiva, affording almost a 360 degree view of the area surrounding Shiloh settlement. He was born in New York, but now considers … Continue reading

Success vindicates Bil’in protest organizers

BIL’IN, West Bank (June 17) – Despite the tears that filled Basel Mansour’s eyes from teargas and clothes soaked by sewage-smelling water sprayed by Israeli soldiers to disperse peaceful demonstrators in the West Bank village of Bil’in on Friday, the Palestinian peace activist said he emerged a victor.

Former PLO UN envoy: No UN membership in September

RAMALLAH, West Bank (June 17) – Former PLO ambassador Nasser al-Qudwa said Monday, June 13, Palestinians will not achieve membership for the State of Palestine at the United Nations in September, but it will be still be a positive step forward.

Shalit family, demonstrators mark 5th anniversary of soldiers capture

Hundreds call for Israeli PM to agree to prisoner swap By Ryan Ariel Simon JERUSALEM, Israel (June 25) — Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the heavily guarded street in front of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence to mark the fifth year that captured soldier Gilad Shalit has been held by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Members … Continue reading

New Electric Car Finds Proving Ground in Israel

Customized Renault Fluence Coming to Bay Area By Ryan Ariel Simon ROSH HAAYIN, Israel (June 23) — Better Place Inc., the Palo Alto-based maker of a system to keep electric cars charged, will use Israel as its first national testing-ground by the end of this year for a customized version of the Renault Fluence. Renault … Continue reading

West Bank mosque attacked by arsonists

Nearby Israeli settlers suspected By Ryan Ariel Simon Vandals torched the mosque in the Palestinian village of al Mughayyir early Tuesday morning, leaving Hebrew graffiti on an exterior wall, and burned prayer rugs inside. The attackers entered through a screen on a street level window, according to the mosque’s Imam. They then rolled a tire … Continue reading

Live from Zurich

By Ryan Ariel Simon “Mooooooo.” Animal sounds blare over the loudspeaker as Zurich welcomes you to the main terminal, rain pattering on the ground, monkeys and tropical birds chirping away as you enter the rainforest. Or at least that’s what it sounds like, as the tram pulls in, bidding adieu in three languages, first that … Continue reading

Chag Shavuot Sameach, and welcome to my Israel Live Blog

Hello world, welcome to my newest blog. I decided to start this to document my travels this summer, and provide a place to upload my work and journal from the course “Covering Conflict in Jerusalem” through George Mason University’s Center for World Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution. It is led by various Middle East (mostly … Continue reading

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