Monthly Archives: June 2004

Day 5: Doreen's Diary

Today the ladies slept in. I, however, was up at 6:30 am. My sleeps are deep, but I am unable to sleep late. When everyone had finished breakfast and checked out of the Retno, we boarded vans to Qalandia checkpoint. … Continue reading

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Day 4: Gail’s Diary

We arrived in the Occupied Palestinian city of Ramallah unfortunately minus one of our beloved group, WCA (Women of a Certain Age). Several of us were held and interrogated at the Ben Gurion airport on arrival and released after several … Continue reading

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Day 4: Anni's Diary

Our training was put to the test! There was a demonstration in a-Ram, north of Jerusalem, where the Wall is being built. For the first time the town is coming together in peaceful protest. Our first real checkpoint experience: shadeless, … Continue reading

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Day 4: Doreen's Diary

Today was the opening day of Freedom Summer 2004. We had planned at last night’s meeting to leave the hotel by 9:30 to go into central Ramallah to find an internet café, to buy phones, and to pick up a … Continue reading

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Day 3: Doreen's Diary

Today was a full day of training; intensive, informing, and empowering. Faris, Mohammed and Raji are adorable, well-informed, intelligent and dedicated young men who did a fabulous job training us. We certainly were a challenging group and they handled us … Continue reading

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Day 3: Anni's Diary

Training took place about 12 hours for 2 days in the Meeting Room of the Retno with three beautiful young Palestinian men. Here they were, confronted with 13 women, some of whom could be their grandmothers, and a noisier, more … Continue reading

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Day 2: Anni's Diary

Before going to training in Ramallah, we ventured out to roam the Christian and Arab quarters a bit, the bazaar area where there are no obvious tourists. Shopkeepers who have always hawked their wares now plead with the tourist, using … Continue reading

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