This past Friday, I remarked to my friend in Beit El, a “settlement” north of Jerusalem, where I was staying for Shabbat, that for serious shopping, I’d have to drive about 40 minutes to the Mamilla mall (or 30 minutes to the Pisgat Ze’ev mall, but I wanted a Crocs store). She answered that she’s gotten used to it.
On my way out of Beit El, I noticed how the checkpoint for journalists and diplomats into Ramallah was just a few yards off the road. I would’ve loved to stop for some cliché hummus – and even check out shoes (although not optimistic I’d find Crocs). Alas – a large red sign indicated that Area A is illegal for Israelis to enter. But does that apply to accredited journalists?

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