About Paul Widen

Paul Widen is a Swedish freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.

Visual Dispatch: What Shavuot Means For Israeli Unity

By June 11, 2008

In the Torah reading for Shavuot, which we just celebrated, we read, "…and they encamped in the desert, and Israel encamped there opposite the mountain" (Exodus 19:2). The Hebrew word for "they encamped" is plural, while the following "Israel encamped" … Read More

Visual Dispatch: Jerusalem Day

By June 4, 2008

Forty-one years have passed since Jerusalem was reunited as a result of the Six Day War. A couple of days ago the streets of Jerusalem were thus once again packed with revelers that slowly made their way, singing and shouting, … Read More

Visual Dispatch: Jerusalem The War Zone

By May 28, 2008

Jerusalem has suffered so many terrorist attacks that the city council at some point seems to have decided to standardize the plaques commemorating the victims. A number of morose remarks could be made about this, but I'll make an effort … Read More

Dispatch from Jerusalem: Violence And The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By May 23, 2008

When the Germans cast their votes on March 5, 1933, 43.9% voted for Adolf Hitler's NSDAP. This party, though clearly anti-Semitic, did not win this election, the last German election before World War II, based on promises to exterminate Jews. … Read More

Dispatch From Hebron: A Gentile Finds Jewish Redemption Amid Brutality

By May 21, 2008

I suppose that the revolutionaries are those who are capable of coming to terms with the brutality of the world, and of responding to it with increased brutality. — Michel Houellebecq I just finished working on an article about the … Read More

Sderot: Scenes From an Israeli City Under Attack

By March 3, 2008

I spend most of Saturday in a shelter with over 200 volunteers who are in Sderot with the organization Lev Echad. Their aim is to show solidarity with the population and help in any way possible, but the situation in … Read More

Responding to Terrorist Rocket Attacks, Israel Strikes at Gaza

By February 29, 2008

Twenty people were killed in Gaza on Thursday as the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out several strikes against terrorist targets in the Strip. IAF's response came after over 50 Kassam rockets were fired at the Western Negev on Wednesday, … Read More