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Feelings in Jericho (my second 2011 trip to Palestine)

Life and death happen faster and a lot more often here in Jericho. Maybe this is because the town is small and you hear about it more often. Maybe this is because soldiers invade and kill or arrest your neighbors and/or friends. Maybe this is because medical science and preventative health have a long way to go.


You find yourself face-to-face with the simple facts of life when there is less materialism and modern fluff to distract you. You are more often consumed by the sadness of death and loss when there is little to do to take your mind off of it. While Jericho has its historically breathtaking landscapes and ruins, a combination of cultural restrictions, poor upkeep and extreme heat makes it terribly difficult to escape sheer boredom.


Therefore, without the distractions from bars, parties, shopping, etc. you have more time to focus on your family and those around you. Relationships forge deeper connections. Friends more easily become brothers. Sadness and happiness brought by birth and death feel real and powerful even if they’re not yours. Life feels raw and more emotionally vulnerable.