Blair's 8-year-old journalist niece writes blog on Palestine
The young Peacecyclist Alexandra writes a blog on her trip to Palestine with her mother Lauren Booth.
What an amazing report from someone so young.
Hi! I'm Alexandra Booth and I'm 8 1/2 years old. I'm doing The Peace Cycle from Amman through the west bank and into Jerusalem. I wanted to do this to see what the people are like because my mum has told me lots about it and that everyone there is so nice and she's always so happy when she talks about them........
"We got on the bus this morning to go to Jenin. We rode our bicycles through Jenin and there were so many children waving at me. I feel so happy being here. We walked through the camp and saw some of the damage the Israelis had done and it made me feel really upset because the people have to live in dangerous homes because if there was an earth quake the houses could break apart.
Then we went to The Freedom Theatre and we saw a little film about the Israelis coming in with big tanks but I didn't want to see some of the stuff they were showing so I closed my eyes. When I opened my eyes I saw the damage that was done after the Israelis came and it really hurt my feelings because I wanted peace not violence.
and in Maan:
"Asked what she will tell her school friends about the Peace Cycle journey, Alex reflected, “I’ll tell them that the people here are very nice, not like they say in the newspapers.”
The West Bank is not a usual vacation site for most eight-year-olds. But, as mother, journalist and activist Lauren Booth explained, “She’s been asking me for the last five years why she can’t go to Palestine, and despite the fact that the Israelis can make it bloody trying to get in and out, the greeting here I knew would be so sensational for her that I didn’t have a reason not to bring her.”
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