As with around 600 hundred other Palestinians, a six-month "administrative detention" order has been served on Abu Sakha by the Israeli military. With these scandalously unjust orders, no reason needs to be given and lawyers for those held have no real means of contesting the rulings which can be based on secret evidence. In Abu Sakha's case, the Israeli military have been quoted as saying the circus trainer poses a "danger ... to the security of the region". So that's supposed to be that.
This week I went to Clown Camp; a week long retreat to learn the skills of clowning. I am keen you understand that this was never meant to be therapy. Clowning is not therapy. Clowning is an artistic skill which when done well, with sensitivity and joy can bring great pleasure to an audience eager to laugh and momentarily escape the madness of our challenging world.
Christmas isn't supposed to be just about the presents. But somehow it always is. Somehow the refrain of Goodwill to all Men seems to ring very hollow when that present you've chosen carefully ends up being thrown aside because it didn't cost enough or you got the colour wrong or they already had one.