Raja Shehadeh is the author of Strangers in the House: Coming of
Age in Occupied Palestine, and When the Birds Stop Singing: Life in Ramallah Under Siege (Steerforth Press).
I didn't have to wait long for Ziad, the plumber, to come to my house.
It had been a year since the current Palestinian intifada broke out in
September 2000, and unemployment was at record leve