Jej Raincheck

July 22, 2011

When you Google “Lebanon images”, the first results you will stumble upon are cedar trees.  Cedars are Lebanon’s national symbol, they are the center of the flag and emblazoned on every conceivable tourist tchotchke from t-shirts to key-chains.  The cedar tree seems to cross party and religious lines.   You’re as likely to see this symbol in […]

Read the full article →

Waiting for Fatima Gate

June 22, 2011

Today we are headed to South Lebanon, through the ancient port city of Sidon, with the goal to get to the place they call Fatima Gate. Fatima Gate is at the former border crossing with Israel and Lebanon, closed since 2000.  Sidon is the third largest city in Lebanon, sometimes called the “Mother City of the Phoenicians.”  […]

Read the full article →

Precious Cargo by Lynn Matthews Douglass

June 19, 2011

Note:  My friend, Lynn Douglass came to Bierut with us on a whim.  We met a year ago, in East Hampton at a mutual friend’s 50th birthday.  On the drive back from the Hamptons to Brooklyn, we cemented our friendship.  So when I called a few months later to ask if she wanted to come […]

Read the full article →

“I come from Palestinia”

June 19, 2011

The very first network documentary my husband ever worked on was a film about Sabra and Shatilla for ABC News.  Sabra and Shatilla is a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.  The film was broadcast in 1983 and even then, the images on the screen were shocking.  The actual massacre took place in a few brief […]

Read the full article →