British Jewish youth want a more honest conversation, demand that their community leaders recognize reality on the ground when discussing Israel and the conflict. By Jessica Weiss and Emily Hilton America uses it. The EU uses it. There are even some maps in which the Israeli government uses it. So why then, is the British Jewish community so afraid of demarcating, let alone discussing the Green Line? Regardless of your political perspective, in order to try and gain some understanding of the Israeli-Arab conflict, one must be able to identify contested areas, know the history that goes with them, and…Read More... | 40 Comments
Israel ratified a new law that legally distinguishes between Muslim and Christian citizens of the state, Haaretz reported Monday. The bill, which easily passed by a 31-6 vote in its third and final reading, recognizes the Christian Arab population as a separate, though not national minority for the first time. The law, which expands the Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunity in the Employment Commission by adding to it a separate Christian representative, was marketed as a way to better integrate Christians into the Israeli workforce. However, in practice, it is being carried out at the blatant expense of Muslim citizens. There are…Read More... | 65 Comments
Streets for Jews only, shuttered stores, spitting, throwing stones and daily harassment by soldiers and settlers alike. Since terrorist Baruch Goldstein committed a massacre at the Cave of the Patriarchs 20 years ago today, the situation of Palestinians in Hebron has only deteriorated. By Einat Fishbain / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this post in Hebrew here Nobody, not even Abraham himself could convince the Palestinians of Hebron that Baruch Goldstein -- many of them insist on calling him “the doctor” and sometimes even “professor” -- acted alone. Moaz Jaabari, who was an 11-year-old boy when his father was…Read More...
Something saddened the Jewish settlers of Hebron following the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre: the army canceled their Purim parade. By Yigal Mosko / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this post in Hebrew here Much to my surprise there was no lock on the door. "Does this look safe?" Orna asked. The truth is that it seemed like an irresponsible thing to do, entering Hebron without so much as a single contact while the blood was boiling. Just one day earlier, a doctor from Kiryat Arba by the name of Baruch Goldstein entered the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Dressed…Read More... | 11 Comments
In the middle of Hebron, volunteers and activists built a kindergarten. Even a kindergarten, an attempt to bring a small piece of normalcy to the area, has turned into a target for the army, police and settlers. Text and photos by Dana Direktor / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this article in Hebrew The State of Israel offers compulsory education from the age of three. But for the residents of the H2 area of Hebron, under Israeli control, there are no educational institutions. Period. Thus, a Palestinian child has two options: pass a few checkpoints on the way to…Read More... | 19 Comments
Who do you turn to for redress when your city is occupied by a military force that gives violent settlers almost complete impunity? The roots of segregation in Hebron and Baruch Goldstein's massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers. Read this post in Hebrew here. “How can you tell the difference between a Jew from Hebron and other Jews?” the white-bearded tour guide posed in American-accented English on my first visit to the city six years ago. “The Jew from Hebron doesn’t carry a gun,” he continued. “They made sure the Arabs know not to mess with them.” The guide’s animated narration…Read More... | 5 Comments
The feeling one gets after visiting Umm Al Khir is one of shock: do you insist on stealing even this little bit? By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz At the beginning of January, in the company of Yesh Din's field researcher Muhaned Anati and field operations coordinator Yudit Avidor, I visited the village of Umm Al Khir. The reason for the visit was an attempt to understand what it is about this place that draws so much violence. We have been following the incidents in Umm Al Khir since 2010; we have 13 cases. Twelve deal with settler violence…Read More... | 29 Comments
Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel is building the separation wall on land confiscated from residents and village of Al Walaja. The village’s farmers are not willing to give up on the little land they have left but the state is planning to build a national park on the site. Social TV joins a group of activists who went to work the land in solidarity with Al Walaja’s residents. Related: WATCH: Al Walaja - The story of a shrinking Palestinian village PHOTOS: In fight against the wall, does Cremisan have a prayer? A letter from al-Walaja: Wars, walls and now roadsRead More... | 3 Comments
Has the seemingly permanent nature of Israeli control over the Palestinians rendered the legal term 'occupation' invalid? Last week I attended a one-day symposium in the Netherlands on the EU's role in Israel/Palestine, hosted by 'A Different Jewish Voice,' a local pro-peace group. You can read my notes from the event here. Below are comments delivered by Prof. Menachem Klein of Bar-Ilan University. Klein, who teaches political science, was a board member of the human rights organization B'Tselem and currently serves on the board of Ir Amin, an NGO monitoring Israeli policies in Jerusalem. Prof. Klein tackled the common view…Read More... | 111 Comments
Israel’s doves may have a Palestinian partner, but they lack a locomotive to pull the peace train to its destination. Read part one: What does the future hold for Israel’s military politicians? By Thomas G. Mitchell From the 1960s until the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in late 2000, which led to the collapse of the Labor Party and an end to it as an alternative to the Likud in heading coalitions, there have been six major military politicians who had an influence on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and Israel’s neighbors. These six were: Yigal Allon, Moshe Dayan, Ezer Weizman, Yitzhak…Read More... | 5 Comments
It's not uncommon to hear Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinian Authority and its media outlets of inciting to violence against Israelis and Jews. But is it actually true? A closer examination of the evidence reveals that the habitual blaming of the Palestinian Authority is not only mostly unfounded, it is the product of a direct line between right-wing groups and the Prime Minister's Office. By Yizhar Be'er (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) John Kerry’s arrival in the region and the looming “threat” of a final-status agreement have compelled right-wing leaders to pull out the old canard of “Palestinian incitement.”…Read More... | 37 Comments
Could the Jewish state ever be lead by a class of non-military politicians? Until there is a peace agreement with the Palestinians, it seems unlikely. And even then, who knows? By Thomas G. Mitchell Historically there have been two types of Israeli leaders who have been willing to give up territory to the Arabs in exchange for peace. The first type consists of conservative civilian politicians who distrust and fear the Arabs, but who, because of foreign pressure or opportunity, are willing to make peace under the right circumstances. Examples of these are Golda Meir in 1974, Menahem Begin in 1977-79 with…Read More... | 12 Comments
Nothing is polarizing European politicians as much as Israel-Palestine, says a member of the EU Parliament. Notes from a symposium in the Netherlands. I took part in a one-day symposium on the EU's policy toward Israel/Palestine last week in The Hague. The event, which took place at the Clingendael Institute, was hosted by “A Different Jewish Voice,” a local pro-peace group. Among the speakers were the EU's former envoy to the region, the current EU director for Middle East policy and three Dutch politicians, all from the center-Left. There were some interesting comments made, which I would like to share with our readers. The central…Read More... | 176 Comments
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