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MK blogs: "How do you cultivate an unconquered spirit?"

By Mark K. Tilsen, photos and microblog posts

Posted Aug. 6, 2009

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Mark K. Tilsen, assistant director of marketing at Native American Natural Foods, is traveling in Israel and Palestine with his 82-year-old grandfather and several other members of his family as part of a peace delegation to the region. In addition to his photos, following are the microblog postings he has made since he landed in Jerusalem. We will be sharing Mark's reports throughout his journey.

Aug. 5, 2009

LARGE PHOTO AT TOP: Curls flying, a young Palestinian girl twirls and laughs for the camera (From Facebook)

SMALL PHOTO AT TOP LEFT: This dude was in Bethlehem as part of the 7,000 + PA Security Forces in town for Fatah's first Conference in 20 years! Fatah is so messed up reminds me of tribal council (From Facebook)

Sorry for being out of the twitter loop. Lots of Net access in Palestine just no down time for it right now :P going to Haifa in 1 hour (From Twitter)

In Palestine and my heart is breaking for the people here. So like home. I ask, "How do you cultivate an unconquered spirit?" (From Twitter)

Okay, the dude in the refugee camp who had a nicer house than me? I got over that. The business in Jenin that has a bigger warehouse and distribution to whole foods? shit. palestinians need to be sending my rez donations and standing in solidarity with us. haha kidding, kinda (From Facebook)

Aug. 4, 2009

Reporting live from Palestine: You know you're from the Rez when the host family in Deihsha refugee camp has a nicer house than you. :( (From Facebook)

Sunrise in Ramallah. No soldiers will let me take pictures of them. I am not a human rights activist. I am a gun fetishist! Lol (From Twitter)


Aug. 1, 2009

Smoking nargila in Ramallah at Stars and Bucks Cafe which is like a Palestinian spin off. Like it here. Family is safe and the trip is awesome. (From Facebook)

Sunrise in Ramallah. No soldiers will let me take pictures of them. I am not human rights activist. I am a gun fetishist! Lol (From Twitter)

LoL Big lakota jew walking around jerusalm hitting up the hasids who dont make fire on Shabbos, "Got a light" lol it was funny (From Twitter)

Went to the Old City of Jerusalem, grandpa Tilsen is holding up fine. Just made some tobacco ties for the homes we will be staying in. (From Twitter)

I am loving it! Jerusalem is like another planet and Ramallah is like an Arab Brookyln on the edge of the desert. (From Twitter)

July 31, 2009

Going into Ramallah in a few hours. I hope the food is good. :) (From Facebook)

I'm going into Ramallah today. Need to find a place to wash clothes, and eat a falafel. (From Twitter)

Never heard anyone use "Shabbot Shalom" as a pick up line before tonight. Gotta love Jerusalem. You stay classy Israel (From Twitter)

Trying to find a light for my cigar in a orthodox neighborhood after sun on shabbot = impossible. Walked 5 blocks to find someone who smokes (From Twitter)

Moments away from Shabbot and the call to prayer here in Jerusalem (From Twitter)

"I don't roll on Shabbos!" (From Facebook)

July 30, 2009

Fact: more people die getting hit by buses than by suicide bombers. the drivers are nuts over here. (From Facebook)

Bout to head out into Jerusalem, see you all later! (From Twitter)

It's sunrise in Jerusalem and I'm on a roof top soaking it in. not to brag or nothing, lol :p (From Twitter)

For more info:

To see MK's slideshow from his first update: MK blogs: "Big Lakota Jew walking around Jerusalem"

To see his Tanka Talk Video Blog filmed before the trip: A little scared, a little excited: MK heads to Israel

To follow Mark K. on Twitter: @TankaBar

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