Katie Conlon (Palestine)


Katie Conlon (Palestine)

Katie is a student in the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, pursuing a BA in History and a certificate in Law, Justice & Culture. She first became interested in issues of transitional justice in 2013 after a week-long study abroad to Northern Ireland. She spent the summer of 2014 conducting research in Cambodia about the experience of the Cham Muslim minority in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She has studied Arabic for two years and focuses her studies on issues of gender and law in the Middle East. After the fellowship, she wrote: "The fellowship has definitely reinforced and changed my ability to adapt to new environments and given me a better idea about the kind of work environment I want to work in when I graduate." Contact: kconlon@advocacynet.org



10 Sep

We Will Return

As I prepared to leave Palestine just over a week ago, I said goodbye to the people I had gotten to know over the past few months. I made my journey home with these final goodbyes on my mind, sad to be leaving, but looking forward to returning home. For me, there is no greater […]

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Posted Sep 10, 2015

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26 Aug

Smiling Faces

One of the funniest and most memorable moments of my summer in Palestine happened a few weeks ago. I stood in front of a room full of kids and introduced myself with my American accent and mix of standard and colloquial Arabic. Marhaba, isme Katie. Ana min Amrika. Hatha seif, bshtarghrul ma’a beit sadaqa philisteeny. […]

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Posted Aug 26, 2015

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22 Aug

A Barrier to Peace

Apartheid Wall – Security Fence – Separation Barrier All of these terms used to describe the structure that separates the West Bank from Israel. Palestinians tend to use terms like apartheid wall. The Israelis call it a security fence, there for their protection. The UN has coined a more neutral term, “separation barrier.” For certain sections […]

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Posted Aug 22, 2015

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21 Aug

Life in Little Damascus

When I was dropped off in Nablus nearly two months ago, I had no idea what to expect. I had talked with foreigners who had worked in Palestine, but only in Ramallah or Bethlehem. I got out of the taxi with no idea where I was, waiting for Mohammed to come and pick me up. […]

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Posted Aug 21, 2015

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04 Aug

These are Not Isolated Events: Settler Violence and the Occupation

Late last Thursday night an 18-month-old Palestinian baby was burned to death in his family home. Israeli settlers attacked the home in Duma, a village just south of Nablus. The parents of the baby, Ali Saad Dawabsheh, were badly burned in the attack, as was his four-year old brother. On Friday morning, a 17 year-old […]

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Posted Aug 04, 2015

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24 Jul

“We Don’t Have a Problem; We Live in Peace”

Hebron is a microcosm of the occupation. Nowhere else in the West Bank is there such close contact between settlers and Palestinians. Nowhere else in the West Bank is there a building split down the center to serve as a mosque and a synagogue. Nowhere else in the West Bank have I seen such obvious […]

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Posted Jul 24, 2015

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19 Jul

Moving Day at PHF

I don’t know about you, but I really hate moving. When I moved into my new house at school, I seriously considered getting rid of everything I own and living out of my backpack indefinitely. Moving out of the office at PHF has is an entirely different experience. The office that I’ve come to know […]

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Posted Jul 19, 2015

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04 Jul

My Guide to a Nablusi Iftar

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Posted Jul 04, 2015

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26 Jun

Learning my “A,B,Cs” All Over Again

I arrived in Palestine on the first Friday of Ramadan. As I crossed the Israeli checkpoint at the entrance to the West Bank, I noticed that I was one of a handful of people going into Palestine. Most people were going the other direction, towards Jerusalem. The mass border crossing that I witnessed was a significant […]

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Posted Jun 26, 2015

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18 Jun

Our Day Will Come: Thinking about Solidarity in Belfast

“Our day will come.”  These were the words that greeted me the first time I stood in front of the International Wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This wall houses murals depicting various conflicts and injustices worldwide. The conflict in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles” has many parallels to the conflict in Palestine. The International […]

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Posted Jun 18, 2015

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