ONE MAIN PURPOSE:  to present information about daily life and struggle in the Occupied Territories of Palestine and Gaza. The blog also includes poetry by Palestinian writers – the passion of the blogger.

This is NOT an attempt to present a “balanced” view of news from Palestine. “News” from main-stream-media in the West provides information from the Israeli viewpoint. It is not an attempt to explain Palestinian internal politics.

The  purpose  at  the  outset  was  to  provide  information  for  Americans  who  are  ignorant  of the situation of the Palestinian people.

This is a one-person project. I am a retired college professor with two assets: time, and skill at researching. I welcome suggestions for material to include here, and I welcome comments. This site has already achieved a wider readership than I expected, but you can help it reach even more people – especially Americans.

Thank you. Harold Knight

4 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. Love the site! Can’t believe I only just discovered it, as it relates to my current book project about Palestinian literary culture. I am in Ramallah right now, in fact, doing research. Tomorrow morning I head to Nablus to learn about Fadwa Tuqan.


    • To say I am jealous would be such an understatement that I won’t say it.
      I have been there three times, but have met very few literary types – mostly activist-types. I will follow your writing (have purchased “Song of the Caged Bird”) and tell others about it. Have a safe and productive journey.


  2. Thanks. Song of the Caged Bird is the seed to the new project which will be a full-length “real” book. My current trip to Palestine is my third and final research trip in service of the book. I was here last spring and spent two months in Gaza last fall. I wrote about these travels on my blog on the book’s Facebook page, which I see you’ve discovered.

    The literary types are easy to find if you know where to look and who to look for. And nearly every one of them was enthusiastic to tell his or her stories. I’ve heard some great ones.

    I hope you don’t mind if I reference some of the poems you’ve reproduced on your blog. Those old anthologies are hard to find these days.

    Best regards,


  3. Glad to find your use of my photograph on this inspiring website. To see many photos and comments where I focus particularly on the Palestinian people, go to the 2014 memoir ANGLE: http://www.amazon.com/Angle-Fighting-Censorship-Threats-Pulitzer-ebook/dp/B00NKUI0CC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471619602&sr=8-1&keywords=J.+Ross+Baughman
    (To the curators of PalestineInsight, send me a regular e-mail address so I can forward to you a free press review digital copy of the book. You will be welcome to use any of it here online.) Best wishes, J. Ross Baughman via jrossbaughman@gmail.com


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