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On reading Greg Sheridan in Ramallah

The writers’ bus was about to enter the Qalandria checkpoint on the road from East Jerusalem to Ramallah in Occupied Palestine when it stopped beside a part of the Wall where a graffiti artist was at work. He had lined … Continue reading

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Seeds of Hope

When I first started going in and out of Jordan a few years ago my well-honed multicultural sensibility was shocked by what I could only hear as virulent anti-semitism. Israeli and Jew and Zionist were terms of abuse used by … Continue reading

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A Culture of Conformity

‘Cringe’, wrote A.A. Phillips, is ‘a disease of the Australian mind’. This was an unpleasant enough notion in the Australia of the 1950s, then a remnant colonial monoculture with no separate language to hide behind. Now with our cosmopolitan aspirations … Continue reading

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