greetings from forbidden lands
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 12, 2007
Yesterday afternoon I opened my inbox to find a message with a subject line not often seen here:
Hello from Haifa!
Goodbye from Beirut, I thought, and hurriedly closed my inbox.
The email turned out to be a perfectly innocuous request for information on a prominent Palestinian family who lived in Haifa during the early 1900s, written by a Christian Arab Israeli who had heard from a mutual friend that I knew the family’s Australian branch.
I’m not sure what I’ll put in the subject line of my reply, although
Bonjour from Beirut – how was your summer? comes to mind.