13 September 2008

Beirut to Beijing and Beyond

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 1:21 pm by lilithhope

Hi everyone,

I’m leaving today to start my big Beirut to Beijing oveland trip. To mark the occasion, I have started another blog on which i will be writing as often as possible, keeping an online diary so to speak of the journey.

If you are interested, please visit:

beirut2beijingandbeyond.wordpress.com

Also, don’t hesitate to circulate to anyone you think may be interested.

Thanks for your support,

lilith

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19 June 2008

Beirut-Jerusalem, 325km

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:32 am by lilithhope

An Israeli soldier at a border crossing point showing the distance to Jerusalem and Beirut

An Israeli soldier at a border crossing point showing the distance to Jerusalem and Beirut. Photograph: David Furst/AFP; from Israel seeks Lebanon talks after Gaza pact

There is one particularly interesting thing about this photograph. The names of Beirut and Jerusalem are written in 3 languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic. The Arabic name for Jerusalem is “Al Quds”, but in the photo, the Arabic script under Jerusalem reads “Iyurushalem”, which is a mere transliteration of the Hebrew name for the city… The word “Iyurushamem” does not exist in Arabic, it does not have any meaning.

The Arabic script in that photo has been colonized, and therefore so has the concept, the place that it indicates. “Al Quds” has been made invisible, non-existant.