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Maya Norton

Welcome to my homepage on Global Voices Online. I love reading, writing, traveling, and hearing people's stories, especially those whose lives are different than my own. I work for an Arab-Jewish organization in Israel.

Connect on Twitter – and say hello: http://twitter.com/MayaNorton.

My original blog can be seen here: http://TheNewJew.wordpress.com. It was the first Jewish philanthropy blog on the internet and a true act of love.

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Latest posts by Maya Norton

14 August 2015

Gaza's ‘Colorful Neighborhood’ Brings Hope and Healing in Palestine

Gaza's Al Zaytoun is called "the colorful neighborhood" for its brightly painted streets and decorated walls, an urban renewal effort following 2014's Israel-Gaza war.

22 July 2015

Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind

Intel's guidebook on working with Israelis highlights Israel's workplace norms, which value direct communication and action, things that can be interpreted as rude in other cultures.

31 May 2015

Israeli Chef Cooks Pizza in a Car to Demonstrate Child Safety

Sixteen children have died in Israel since 2008 as a result of being accidentally left in closed cars. One chef drives the message home by cooking pizza in a car.

19 May 2015

Arab-American Journalist Detained by Israeli Security for ‘Flying While Muslim’

Palestinian-American journalist Noor Wazwaz shares her experience of "Flying While Muslim" into Tel Aviv, saying the humiliation will not deter her from returning again.

14 May 2015

Israeli Professor Shows the World: ‘This Is What a Feminist Looks Like’

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Dr Sydney Engelberg shot to internet stardom after his photograph comforting a fussy baby while continuing to teach went viral, reports Maya Norton

17 March 2015

Israel’s Elections: ‘It’s Us or Them’, ‘Anyone but Bibi’ and Everything in Between

Israelis head to the polls today. While major candidates for prime minister are still making game-changing announcements, a significant portion of voters are still undecided.

23 January 2015

Israel's Arab Sector on Strike Over Alleged Police Brutality

The "unintentional" deaths of two men from the Bedouin city of Rahat has brought to the fore tensions over "the conduct of the police in confronting Arab citizens."

15 January 2015

Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US

"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."

13 January 2015

Twitter Mocks Anti-Muslim Comments with #FoxNewsFacts after ‘Expert’ Says Birmingham, England is ‘Totally Muslim’

Twitter users quickly got into the game, trending #FoxNewsFacts globally. Social search engine Topsy reports that the tag has been tweeted more than 400,000 times this week.

4 January 2015

Lovers of the Middle East, Unite!

Two lovers have started collecting 100 love stories from around the Middle East to show the world that the Arab Uprisings brought about unique social change.

10 November 2014

An American Muslim Reflects on Religion and Politics at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem

“It's sad some people demonize others only because they don't share the same belief. Yehuda Glick suffered from two assassination trials, once in real life and second on media.”

31 October 2014

Tensions High as Holy Site Reopens Following Targeted Assassination Attempt of Jewish Activist in Jerusalem

The targeted assassination attempt of Rabbi Yehuda Glick is being called a "dangerous escalation" in Israeli-Palestinian relations, leaving many concerned the region is on the brink of a third intifada.

30 October 2014

With Homes and Infrastructure Destroyed, a Tough Winter Lies Ahead for Gaza

The people of Gaza are doing what they can to prepare for the winter in the wake of war, which left an estimated 100,000 homeless.

5 November 2013

Palestinian Pick-Up Lines

Humor, especially dark humor, is a culturally acquired taste – especially in a war zone. The hashtag #PalestinianPickUpLines has recently been trending on Twitter, garnering tens of additions in the...

20 June 2010

Israel: World Cup Bonanza – Back to the Game

Maya Norton's attempts to find World Cup reactions in Israeli blogs are being foiled by a minor dilemma - it seems that most Israeli World Cup fans are too busy...

Israel: Dubious Thanks to USAID

Israel: Storing Water for Emergencies

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