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Dana Erekat

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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Dana Erekat


Dana Erekat is a Palestinian-American architect and planner.   She is the author 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 Bachelor's of Art in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley (2001); and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009). She currently divides her time between Palestine and the US.