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Zaina Arafat
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Zaina Arafat''s articles and essays have appeared in Granta , The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and are forthcoming in The Iowa Review . She holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and an MFA from The University of Iowa. She currently teaches writing at Iowa and is working on a book.

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Are the Rights of Some Citizens Worth More Than the Rights of Others?

(28) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 10:36 AM

I teach a class on communication strategies and argument construction to college freshman. I worry a lot about violence, so throughout the semester I tell my students that whenever they feel overwhelmed, they should come talk to me. I also check to make sure the classroom windows can be opened...

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Once the Butterflies Have Settled

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 2:48 PM

When I moved to Manhattan from Cambridge, Massachusetts, two and a half years ago, it was the garbage that kept me from liking the city. Others who had lived here before me and had since left said that it was the constant motion that got to them: the level of...

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Israel's Extensive PR Campaign

(9) Comments | Posted January 5, 2009 | 1:10 PM

On the morning of Saturday, December 27, my mother and I crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan into Jericho. In Jerusalem an hour later, we heard that Israel had struck Gaza. Approximately 200 people had been killed by nightfall.

Ten days later, Israel's military operation...

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Finding a Wall of Paranoia and Fear in Israel

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 9:36 PM

"Where is your Palestinian ID card?!" A soldier stationed at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah demanded as she dumped out my purse onto the hood of an armored Jeep.

"I don't have one," I protested. "I'm American--I live in New York!" When I'd first been...

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