My friend Nour is a high school English teacher at Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank. She’s an American citizen with a one-year multiple-entry visa and residence permit and work permit, all issued by the Israeli authorities. Attempting to return to teach the spring semester, she has been denied entry twice (the second attempt was made yesterday, on the advice of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Consulate). She has hired a lawyer to formally appeal the decision, and to help defray legal costs, all profits from the sale of these photos of Palestine will go towards her legal fund.
Update 8 March 2013: Nour’s case is still pending; for more information, you can read about it via The Houston Chronicle, Ha’aretz, Mondoweiss, EI, The Tennesean, the website of the Arab American Institute, Al-Monitor, and Sixteen Minutes to Palestine.
There are options for prints of various sizes as well as greeting cards – the photos are all mine or Nour’s, and the images range from the holy sites at Jerusalem and Bethlehem to landscapes and old cities to political art. Any extra money raised will be donated to a charity or nonprofit in the West Bank.
So far we have raised $1300 of the $2000 goal, much of it through many people placing small orders (prints start at just $3). Please consider purchasing one or forwarding the link on to someone who might be interested.