25 December 2010 0 Comments

Bethlehem upbeat for Christmas

For the first time in years, the people of Bethlehem have something more to celebrate at Christmas than the recollection of an important birth in their town 2,000 years ago. After the city’s economy was devastated by the Palestinian intifada over the last decade, Bethlehem’s economic recovery has picked up pace in the last year […]

18 May 2009 0 Comments

May Allah bless such reviewers

America, the National Catholic weekly, includes a great review of The Samaritan’s Secret, the third of my Palestinian crime novels, this week. “Rees masterfully concocts another claustrophobic tale from the occupied territories that takes us deep into the Palestinian experience even as it entertains,” writes Claire Schaeffer-Duffy. She also calls my detective Omar Yussef “endearingly […]

15 May 2009 0 Comments

Pope kicks off red slippers and wonders why he came

Pope’s visit satisfies fewAnalysis: After a five-day visit to the Holy Land, the Pope may be wondering why he came. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPostJERUSALEM — As the Pope’s special El Al flight departed Tel Aviv for Rome Friday at the end of his five-day visit to the Holy Land, he might have kicked […]

11 May 2009 0 Comments

The right Holy Land, the wrong Holy Father

My irreverent take on the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land features prominently on The Daily Beast today. Maybe people always say their take is “irreverent,” but in the case of a story about the Pope I feel justified in using it…

4 May 2009 0 Comments

Popeophobia hits Holy Land

By Matt Beynon Rees, on Global PostJERUSALEM — If you happen to be in the Holy Land next week and you have a beef with the pope, get to the back of the line. In Nazareth, where Pope Benedict XVI will say Mass on May 14, the Islamic Movement accuses the pontiff of insulting Islam […]

3 March 2009 0 Comments

Mystery fiction not limited by form, highly instructive

People who don’t know any better sometimes tell me that I’m a good writer and they’d like to see me write a “real novel,” instead of my Palestinian crime novels. Usually I tell them Raymond Chandler once wrote that there are just as many bad “real” literary novels written as bad mysteries — but the […]