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Dana Erekat

Snapshot: Instagrabbing Palestinian Landscapes

[An old Palestinian home remains in what is now a nature reserve park for the settlement of Halamish. West Bank, Palestine. Photo by Dana Erekat]

I run to the fields, walk amidst mountains, and breathe in the smell of leaves to escape the chaos, pollution, and claustrophobia of Ramallah. The lack of open space and adequate urban parks in the city leaves me constantly hungry for green fields and crisp fresh air. Green makes me happy, as it does many people. Nothing else alleviates the deep sadness that overcomes me with the awareness that we live in a large caged urban space, controlled on the outside by a ruthless ...

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Colonial Planning of My Grandfather’s Hilltop

[The Hilltop. Image by the author.]

Today, I walked onto an Israeli settlement for the first time in my life, one where most of the land it stands on once belonged to my grandfather. I needed the settlers’ permission to walk onto this soil. As I walked down the sidewalk, I felt alienation and contentment all at once. The first for the utter disconnect between this land and I. The second for finally being able to set foot in a place that is rightfully mine.  "You see this hilltop? It all belongs to ...

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Bio

Dana Erekat


Dana Erekat
 is a Palestinian-American architect and planner. She most recently served as an advisor to the Minister of Finance and Planning, and as Head of Aid Management in Palestine from 2013 to May 2016. She is the author of "Colonial Planning of my Grandfather's Hilltop" in Jadaliyya, and of “Four Generation in Resistance,” in the Color of Violence, The Incite Anthology.  She is also the co-author of The Grain Chain: Food Security and Managing Wheat Imports in Arab Countries (World Bank, 2012)and Creating Quality Jobs: Transforming the Economic Development Landscape (IEDC, 2010). Dana’s photography series Borders Crossing Bodies has been exhibited in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Dana holds a Bachelor's of Art in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley (2001) and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009). She currently resides in Ramallah, Palestine.