Unlike most neighbouring countries in the world, teachers in the occupied terri
tories of Palestine face extraordinary conditions and challenges. These are due to
the continued Israeli occupation. This article reports on a large-scale survey of
Palestinian teachers. It explores the impact of the occupation on the professional
lives of the teachers around Nablus, and indirectly on their students and commu
nities, and on their digital responses. Follow-up focus groups explore their feelings,
experiences and reactions, providing greater insights into this complex and trou
bling situation. The article underpins further work on appropriate digital literacy.
It does however also provide an insight into the challenges to rigorous fieldwork
outside the mainstream of the developed North and specifically in a region of
conflict and occupation.