Life in Palestine

Jul 17, 2014

Credit Therese Mughannam

While fighting intensifies in Gaza, life in the West Bank goes on. A recent visitor reports on the baseline normalcy there, where the shadow of a sometimes harsh military occupation perpetuates a sense of historic injustice.


Ramallah stands near the southern border of the West Bank, which is delineated by the wall seen in the foreground.

Ramallah today is a modern and reasonably prosperous city which apparently serves as the functional capital of the Palestinian Territories. It is also, for Therese Mughannam, a sort of ancestral home.

Her visit last month was Mughannam’s fifth return trip to the West Bank over the past decade or so. It’s a cycle that is important to her for more than her personal history.