Palestinian Stories of Siege and Thyme by Dr. Samah Jabr

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My practice in the mental health clinic of Ramallah where I see many rural people has taught  me much about the local myths about our natural plants and herbs… Most Palestinians are farmers who simply want to live productively on their land, but are not allowed to because of Israeli practices and discriminatory laws of land confiscation, expansion of settlements, wall-building and sanctioned state and settler violence and intimidation.  Among other things, Palestinians are very fond of their food. We have several inspiring myths that affirm the supra healing power of Palestinian wild weeds and herbs… The role of food in human life becomes more important in an ethno-political conflict, especially in the face of a national genocide.

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