15 April 2011 9 Comments

Taking Refuge

Some people are always expecting or hoping for a war. They’re even working towards that end. When you live in the Middle East, you come to such a realization eventually. Most people are like me, however. The wars sneak up on them. They notice the signs, then they bury them because they think they’re being […]

5 October 2010 0 Comments

Review: Hezbollah’s rapture, resistance, and revolution

Here’s my review of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel — by Thanassis Cambanis (Free Press). The review appeared this weekend on Global Post, where I’ll be doing reviews of international fiction and nonfiction each month. Most books on Hezbollah tend to focus, in one way or another, […]

11 May 2010 1 Comment

Hezbollah’s missiles cover all Israel

JERUSALEM — Hezbollah’s stockpile of weapons includes missiles that can strike at the entire area of Israel, the country’s Intelligence Minister revealed Monday. In a briefing to foreign journalists, Dan Meridor said the Lebanese Shiite militia, which fought a rocket war with Israel in 2006, has 42,000 rockets and missiles “aimed at Israel.” He added […]

25 April 2010 0 Comments

Scribe and Scholar enter world of Hamas

A New York Times correspondent teams up with a Belfast professor to write the story of Islamism among the Palestinians. JERUSALEM — Stephen Farrell was sipping coffee in the office of his money changer on Salah ud-Din Street, East Jerusalem’s main commercial strip, four years ago, when Beverley Milton-Edwards entered. From his rucksack, Farrell produced […]

11 February 2010 1 Comment

Jerusalem Zoo: Penguins before pols

Here’s a whimsical video explaining why the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is a better place from which to observe the Palestinian-Israeli conflict than a Gaza refugee camp or an Israeli military base. Seriously. And yet not.

1 February 2010 2 Comments

Bringing the Mideast to America

Often a novelist can humanize foreign affairs in ways a journalist can’t. To mark publication today of my new Palestinian crime novel The Fourth Assassin, I posted this for my regular column on GlobalPost. Though we do so at our peril, overseas events are easy to ignore. We flip past the foreign pages of the […]

5 August 2006 0 Comments

Merry Christmas from the Sheikh

When you meet a Hezbollah leader in Beirut, his aides first make you wait a few days, assessing your intentions and making sure you aren’t a spy or an assassin. Then, when the time comes for the interview, they take you either in a car or on foot through the alleys of Beirut’s southern suburb […]