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Mass Land Day demonstrations sweep Israel, Palestine

Tens of thousands of people participated in Land Day demonstrations in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Negev and the Galilee, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon. One person was killed, many were injured – several critically – and several were arrested in clashes with the Israeli army and police. Hamas and Fatah also attacked demonstrators. 

Masses fleeing military attack in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Masses fleeing military attack in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

The village of Budrus was actually one of the quieter places to be today. This small yet ancient village, with lands on both sides of the green line, was one of the first to raise the flag of non-violent resistance to separation fence, and after a long struggle, regained 95 percent of the lands de-facto annexed to Israel by the construction of the barrier. The route of the fence was changed, an award-winning film was made about the local struggle, and many villages were inspired to take the same path of struggle. “Today’s demonstration is actually mainly symbolic,” says local popular committee activist Ayed Morrar. “This is all about resisting the occupation and commemorating Land Day. Even though we were so successful in our struggle, the occupation lives on.”

And so the demonstration started. Right after the Friday noon prayer, some 100 residents and five Israeli activists marched the short distance towards the infamous separation fence. It was a beautiful day, and one could see all the way to Tel Aviv – if one was to look over the fence that still steals 5 percent of the village’s agricultural lands. Once at the barrier, demonstrators started waving flags and chanting slogans about the people’s commitment to their land. From the other side of the fence, soldiers warned villagers to stay away from the fence, and after about five minutes started throwing stun grenades and firing tear gas into the non-violent crowd.

Within seconds, the atmosphere changed: the masses ran back toward the village, while a few youngsters stayed behind, throwing stones at the soldiers. Over the next two hours, the soldiers shot hundreds of tear gas canisters at the youth and the village, used the “skunk” water water cannon and the Long Range Acoustic Device (aka “the scream”). They would cross the fence three times, chasing the youth into the village, filling the narrow streets with the stench of tear gas, and then leave.

Demonstration at the fence in Budrus (Haggai Matar)

Demonstration at the fence in Budrus (Haggai Matar)

Between observing the demonstration-turned-confrontation and dodging tear gas canisters and clouds (not always successfully) – villagers and activists took out their phones to read tweets from all over the land: 100 demonstrators here, a few thousand there, reports of injuries here, Palestinian police assisting the IDF there. Everybody tweeted, retweeted and countertweeted, spreading news from demonstrators, commenting on IDF spokesperson claims, etc.

Summing up varied reports, tweets, news agency sites and messages from activists from different locations, here’s a short run-down of Friday activities against occupation, apartheid and land appropriations:

  • The day started with a small tree-planting activity in Beit Jala. Some 90 farmers and supporters went to the east of the town and planted trees on the planned route of the wall near Al-Walaje. The action ended peacefully.
  • Shortly after that, a mass demonstration took place in Bethlehem. Some 1,000 people marched towards the checkpoint on the way to Jerusalem, where they were confronted by Palestinian police. After succeeding to break police lines, demonstrators reached the wall, and some started throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the watchtower. Soldiers used tear gas and rubber bullets, causing several severe injuries.
  • Meanwhile in Qalandia, as Mya and Omar reported earlier, a crowd of another thousand people marched towards the checkpoint, and were also met by Palestinian police. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Mubadara (Initiative) party, was injured in confrontations that erupted, most likely by either police or activists from rival factions. However, several journalists at the scene mentioned that some 100 demonstrators were hospitalized after being hit by tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. Demonstrators responded with stones and Molotov cocktails. Three international activists were arrested.

(Demonstrations and confrontations in Qalandia, Jerusalem and Bethlehem – Russia Today)

 

  • At around the same time, demonstrations began in several locations in East Jerusalem. Activists reported Israeli police arrived at the demonstrations heavily armed, with many policemen on horseback. Dozens of demonstrators were reported injured, including one severe injury caused by a police horse. Many were arrested.
  • After the noon prayer, demonstrations began in most of the villages that lead the popular struggle – where the focus of the protest was both Land Day and the demand to release political prisoners, especially Hana Shalabi and other administrative detainees on hunger strikes. In Nil’in, more than 200 local and Israeli activists marched towards the wall, where they were met by dozens of soldiers. Gas and stones were exchanged for about an hour. In Bil’in, dozens of demonstrators were successful in cutting a fragment of the fence surrounding the wall, before they were scattered with tear gas. In Qaddum and Nabi Saleh, army forces tried to prevent Israelis from joining the demonstrations, but about 20 were able to answer the Palestinian invite and attend the protest. LRAD, “skunk” spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds were used. One child was injured and evacuated from the scene by ambulance, and several others were lightly hurt.
Palestinian cutting a fence in Bil'in (Rani Bornat)

Palestinian cutting a fence in Bil'in (Rani Bornat)

  • Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, two demonstrations numbering some 1,500 proceeded towards the wall, which imprisons civilians living in one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Like the Fatah police in the West Bank, Hamas security forces also tried to prevent demonstrators from reaching the border, also using violence. However, they failed to stop the march. Tens of people were shot by the IDF. Three were critically wounded, and according to a recent report – one of them, 20-year-old Mahmoud Zaqouq, died from his injuries.
  • Two mass demonstrations also took place in the afternoon within Israel’s 1948 borders. In Wadi Al-Nam in the Negev, 2,500 people gathered to protest the Prawer Plan. The demonstration was attended by local Bedouin residents, Knesset members and Jewish and Arab activists from different NGOs and parties.
  • The second demonstration took place in the Sakhnin and Dir Hanna in the Galilee – where the first Land Day demonstrations took place in 1976. Some 8,000 people marched the 12.5 kilometers between the two towns, protesting the government’s land grabs in the area. Minor confrontations broke out between activists from Balad and those from the communist party, but ended peacefully.
  • Tens of thousands of people were also reportedly gathered near the borders with Lebanon and Jordan, and a demonstration is also said to have taken place in the Syrian capital of Damascus. While the two former were organized mainly by refugees, the latter included a message of support for President Assad, and could have been organized by the govenment.
Confrontations in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Confrontations in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

Earlier in the week, prominent jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti published a statement encouraging Palestinians to abandon non-existent negotiations withIsrael, seeing as the latter appears to be completely uninterested in ending the occupation. Barghouti also called for a third Intifada, a popular and un-armed struggle. It is yet to be seen whether today’s events are another step in that direction.

International activist arrested in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

International activist arrested in Qalandia (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

 

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    1. Anonymous

      And once again, no mention of Molotov cocktails hurled in Qalandya.

      Hey, where is “Palestine” by the way?

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    2. Haggai Matar

      Don’t know what “once again” reffers to. Mentioned the ones in Bethlehem, as I heard about them and saw them. Dind’t see any report on the ones in Qalandia, but will be happy to update if I did.

      And Palestine is in our hearts, of course.

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    3. Anonymous

      By again I mean Mya Guanieri made the same “unwitting omission.”

      As for the reports, here you are:
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4210176,00.html
      “The riots began around 12:30 pm, shortly after Friday prayers, when dozens of masked Palestinian youths began hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces stationed at the Qalandia checkpoint.”

      In that case Palestine is free and they have nothing to protest about.

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    4. objectivenewseeker

      Thanks for that Anonymous..That was a crucial fact (missing)

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    5. Haggai Matar

      There – added. It’s beyond me why you’d think I would omit the molotovs in Qalandia while mention those in Bethlehem, but if you care such much – there it is.

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    6. palestinian

      correction : Mass Land Day demonstrations sweep Palestine48, Palestine67 “the old will die and the young will forget” I guess David was wrong,again

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    7. Anonymous

      Okay thanks.

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    8. Bill Pearlman

      That’s an interesting statement. “Palestine is in our hearts”. Let me ask you a question, and I’m not being sarcastic. I’m interested in the motivation of guys like you. Obviously your a one state guy. A right of return guy, and all the rest of it. What’s your motivation. Why do you feel that way. Is Israel inherently evil. Either has a concept or an actual country. And if you could wave your wand and go to your dream scenario would you really want to live in that country.

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    9. Haggai Matar

      I’m sorry if people took the “in our hearts” thing too seriously. I just couldn’t think of a serious answer to a non-serious question such as where Palestine is.

      To Bill’s questions: no, I’m actually not a one state guy. I support two states, as this is the main demand of almost all elected Palestinian parties on both sides of the green line, and because I find it more realistic (of course idealy this would not be the case, but hey – imagine there’s no nations, etc.).
      Yes, I’m for acknowledging the right of return and thinking seriously of how to solve the problems of the refugees de-facto.
      No, Israel is not inheretly evil, though Zionism is inheretly racist – but the two can and should be set apart.

      And what motivates me and how I see the future, well… that’s a matter for another post, one which I promise will come.

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    10. JG

      Bill,

      The headline identifies “Israel, Palestine”?
      Doesn’t sounds like a one-state mentality to me.

      To assume that anyone who reports on what is happening there — or shows any sympathy for non-Jewish victims — automatically thinks that “Israel is evil” well, that gets to the heart of the problem of open communications we are having in the Jewish community, does it not?

      JG

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    11. Jacky Rand

      Last night, Arab youths from Issawiya hurled 5 petrol bombs at a bus near the entrance of Mount Scopus Hebrew University. is there a reason such a violent act wasn’t mentioned on your site?

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    12. Bill Pearlman

      Fair enough

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    13. Cortez

      And whats wrong with a one-state mentality especially if it can achieve a beneficial solution for both palestinians and jews, and take one of the oldest issues off the table in the Arab World.

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    14. ya3cov

      You should say Israel-Palestine, it more accurately portrays the situation on the ground.

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    15. Bill Pearlman

      Cortez, I’LL tell you what’s wrong with that scenario. The Jews are dead meat. And everbody knows it

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    16. sarah grant

      all i can say is free free free PALESTINE

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    17. David Fonteyn

      Bullshit Bill Pearlman.

      The Israelis and Jewish Diaspora who support them (I’m Jewish but I’m not a Zionist) want their state (full control over the land) – and that’s the only reason they’re against it. The ideology and propaganda has been going on now for over 100 years and people are born and raised on it and it’s in their hearts and they can’t conceive of anything beyond it – it would break their hearts. That’s the reason.

      I was a two state guy. I no longer believe that will ever happen – so I don’t even think about it anymore. It leaves either one state (for all) or ethnic cleansing. I’m for one state for all – and that’s the right option anyway. Anyone who takes Judaism seriously would also recognise this, once the fog of Zionist ideology has lifted.

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    18. Bill Pearlman

      The empirical evidence is on my side Dave. But go ahead, your not a Zionist. I get it. Your one of the good ones. Not like the evil elders of aipac or the zio-nazi soldiers of the IDF. Not you, your better and more noble.

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    19. David Fonteyn

      Bill, I think the evidence is all on my side, actually.

      You can characterise me as you like if it makes you feel better.

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    20. Bill Pearlman

      How do you figure Dave. I say put several million Arabs into Israel. Dissolve the state. And the Jews are history. How do you see this utopia shaping up.

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    21. David Fonteyn

      The Palestinians and Arab world are not against the Jews. Like any sane people, if a group of people come to their country and seek to take it over and remove them from their land, they decided to try to fight it. OK, they lost, but anyone with any sanity would expect them to continue to struggle for their land back. It’s got nothing to do with being Jewish.

      Working together to construct a new country – bi-national (which means Zionism need not even vanish, just change form) – along with restorative justice, will heal the rift between the communities.

      It’s the Israelis that need to be convinced of this idea, not the Palestinians.

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    22. David Fonteyn

      But you want evidence, I’ve just explained it to you. Evidence is everywhere but I just need to say “Miko Peled” and that’s enough.

      However, the evidence that backs up my claim – that it’s Jewish heartbreak that is in the way – is so prevalent. At every Shabbat dinner, Pesach or festival table, in all the Synagogues, in all the Jewish youth groups, just 5 minutes of conversation is enough to hear and feel it – love for Israel and the inconceivability that the Jewish State may not be the greatest idea after all.

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    23. Bill Pearlman

      I live on the planet earth Dave. Where do you live?

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    24. David Fonteyn

      I take that as conceding that I’m right and you’re initial claim is false. Planet earth being the place where the Jewish world wants its State and will do whatever it can and likes to maintain it. I agree. It’s unrealistic of me to think that this can be overcome. But, the two state solution remains the outlet for such thinking. Once that fantasy has vanished (how long that will take I don’t know) and the obvious alternative is ethnic cleansing on a massive scale Kahane style (that’s what will be needed to maintain the Jewish State) I think we’ll see some changes – at least I hope.

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    25. Bill Pearlman

      That’s a stunningly brilliant plan. I honestly don’t know why Israel hasn’t gone along with all your brilliance. Living has a minority in an Islamic state is a bowl of cherries, right.

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    26. John Yorke

      Non-violent protest marches in Israel do have this habit of degenerating into violence and, given the built-in tensions of the overall situation, this can hardly come as any great surprise. Par for the course, I suspect, when the diametrically opposed positions of marchers and marched-upon are there for all to see.

      But do such tactics help or hinder the intentions of those disposed to employ them?

      They may do some good by drawing attention to the cause represented in each instance. But, if violence does break out, then they deepen whatever prejudices and extreme opinions are held by opponents on either side. Thus, the net effect becomes somewhat less than might otherwise be expected.

      It would, therefore, seem much more prudent to adopt methods that produce what are, essentially, always positive outcomes, ones that override the instinctive and combative nature of these and other similar encounters.

      Could it be that we’ve all been going about things in entirely the wrong way for generations, stumbling about into obstacles and pitfalls when the wisest strategy might have been to avoid them altogether? Or, better still, use them to our advantage?

      http://yorketowers.blogspot.com

      ‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth…’

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    27. David Fonteyn

      Hi Bill.
      “That’s a stunningly brilliant plan. I honestly don’t know why Israel hasn’t gone along with all your brilliance.”

      I can tell you why and it has nothing to do with your nonsense about islamic states and safety of Jewish minorities.

      Let me start with Ben Gurion…
      “after the formation of a large army in the wake of the establishment of the [Jewish] state, we shall abolish partition and expand to the whole of the Palestine”

      This was typical of his thinking and the thinking behind the State as it was created and as it remains today.

      Ariel Sharon..

      “Everyone there should move, should run, should grab more hills, expand the territory. Everything that`s grabbed, will be in our hands. Everything we don`t grab will be in their hands.”

      Benjamin Netanyahu…

      In a 2001 video, Netanyahu, reportedly unaware he was being recorded, said: “They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords]… I said I would, but [that] I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.”[15][16] Netanyahu then explained how he conditioned his signing of the 1997 Hebron agreement on American consent that there be no withdrawals from “specified military locations,” and insisted he be allowed to specify which areas constituted a “military location” – such as the whole of the Jordan Valley. “Why is that important? Because from that moment on I stopped the Oslo Accords,” Netanyahu affirmed

      Since 1967 Israel hasn’t ceased expanding into the West Bank and that clearly is the policy. However, the demographics don’t augur well for Israel, as we all know. It means only one thing – population transfer (again – 1948, 1967) is what is on the agenda – under the guise of people like you Bill who will state – well, we can’t live with them – they want to kill us. They just hate us. So, we had to do it.

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    28. Kubrikon

      David, but they do hate us, so we did have to do it. You can argue that the hate is justified but at least be honest enough to admit that it is real.

      As for the demographics argument. That one is flawed too because it assumes that because Israel absorbs say 40% of the West Bank via settlement it has to permanently control, annex and grant citizenship to the other 60%. It doesn’t and frankly there isn’t even any semblance of an international law that would force it to do so. Israel can unilaterally withdraw from heavily populated Palestinian areas and then almost entirely ignore them, with no international repercussions. Exhibit A: Gaza

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    29. Kubrikon

      David, Also, I am pretty sure that Bill’s argument is based on the examples that the rest of the Middle East provides on the fate of religious minorities living in majority Arab Muslim countries. What example is the idea of a bi-national state based on?

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    30. palestinian

      Are the occupied supposed to “love” their butchers ? ooops maybe we forgot the roses and red carpet.

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    31. Kubrikon

      Palestinian, thanks for supporting my position!

      If you are already getting me the roses and red carpet, I would also love some champagne. And before you ask, no sparkling wine is not going to work for me.

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    32. palestinian

      You are welcome Kubrikon ,its really impressive that you didnt even deny that Zionists are the butchers.Interesting

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    33. Jacky Rand

      I’ll the lack of response to my comment as a sign this site condones violence against Jews.

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    34. Kubrikon

      Palestinian, you have your narrative and I presume it is a common one among Arabs. As long as it disproves such naive people as David I honestly don’t care what you call Zionists. I think of your comments as contributions to the Zionist cause by making the decision making process easier. Carry on!

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    35. Kubrikon

      Jacky, I would guess that most on this site consider writing about attacks on Jews as unhelpful in promoting the idea of all of Palestinians as innocent victims.

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    36. palestinian

      Kubrikon, you thank me for supporting your position but you dont believe what I said is true?!you have to choose.I can understand why you dont prefer facts ,fairytales satisfies your inner-conflict.Few Israelis have managed to abandon their bubble,good luck with that.

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    37. David Fonteyn

      @KUBRIKON OK, they hate you/us, I don’t say they don’t. But, I do say it has nothing to do with the fact that we are Jewish and it has everything to do with the fact that Israel took their country away from them, ethnically cleansed more than half the population and instated a law of no return and these policies continue apace today. My point is that if all of that were to end and instead, the Jewish people would work together with the Palestinian people to create a new and prosperous country, the central reason for the hate will be taken out. OK, so there’s still the history to deal with, so I suggested restorative justice as the means for doing that – including a truth and reconciliation commission. But, of course, Right of Return is central to the process of reconciliation.

      I already gave evidence for my claim that this could work in the form of the name ‘Miko Peled’. How much hate is there towards him from the Palestinian community? I mean, I could name lots more people like that – Udi Aloni…Myself, I have a number of Palestinian friends and, although it’s not always a bed of roses, we get on fine – and we care about each other.

      Regarding demographics – I get what you’re saying but I can make two points.

      1) Israeli academics predict that given current population trends within the Green Line the non-Jewish population is predicted to reach parity with the Jewish one in about 70 years from now. Long before that (20-30) they will have significant political power within the Knesset. How will the Jewish State deal with that situation?

      2) The world increasingly sees Israeli policy in the WB as apartheid and major violations of international law – for example, all these settlements are violating international law. While the major world powers remain reluctant to do anything about it, there is a mechanism now that will bring pressure to bear – BDS. And, I suggest to you, as time goes on, the world will not hold back on the boycott. Why do you think Israel will get away with this?

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    38. Kubrikon

      I don’t actually have to choose. My position is that it will be impossible to live peacefully as a Jewish minority in a majority Arab state, partially because of the hate expressed regularly by Arabs both worldwide and locally towards Jews. Whether what you said is true or not is completely irrelevant assuming that you and other Arabs believe it.

      Also, thanks for wishing me good luck, but no luck is needed. Thanks to wonderful people like you I have no inner conflict.

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    39. David Fonteyn

      EG, Elia Zureik compared population balance under various scenarios and found that 2080 would be the year when parity would occur within the Green Line under the scenario that no Jews or Arabs migrated to within the Green Line. Under the scenario that no Arabs but 1 million Jews migrated – parity would be reached in 2090.

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    40. palestinian

      I wasnt asking you to choose between a one-state or a two-state solution,we werent even discussing this.Do you think I was really wishing you good luck !Wonderful people like me are the result of peaceful people like you from Poland and Russia.

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    41. Kubrikon

      David, at this point why they hate is actually irrelevant. The main issues are threefold:
      1) the transition period to your wonderful state is dependent on a complete loss of Jewish power to people that you have already admitted hate us and in general like ‘Palestinian’ above don’t think we should be here in the first place.

      2) the plight of minorities in the Arab World is visible For anyone to see and is unenviable.

      3) we already have a flourishing state which your process is more likely to undermine than to support.

      Your claim that it would work is based on the wishes of you, Peled and several other dreamers who think that their personal interactions have some kind of instructive value for how countries of millions should be run. Look at the how people actually interact in large groups over the long term for how things actually would turn out. Sure, some Palestinians love you as people who choose to submit to their rule and mercy while forsaking your own claims to the land. The better question is whether they would love me because I am not actually planning on doing that.

      1Regarding demographics:
      1) Within the green line.. That is a tricky subject and it is really difficult to predict where things are going. Arab rates of growth are slowing down very quickly in line with other states in the region. I don’t actually see much of a problem even if Arab parties double their numbers in the Knesset. At some point they will enter into a coalition and become normal parties.

      2) The world has seen Israeli settlements as violating international law since they were first created. So far, no consequences. As for BDS. As a movement it does not have a bright future primarily because it is too closely connected to a maximalist goal of eliminating the state of Israel. No government can embrace it. Without a government sanctioned boycott the maximum damaged market in the world is that tiny percentage of the population that gives a crap about the Palestinians. As to the apartheid analogy. It is interesting but severely flawed, primarily because it is so woefully unconstructive as far as any policymaker is concerned. Even were it accepted it still practically screams for some kind of partition as a solution because the one state solution is so totally impractical given the history, narratives, claims, and players.

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    42. Kubrikon

      Palestinian, reread my statement in response to your previous statement. You misread it or didn’t understand it. xoxo

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    43. Kubrikon

      David, there are a lot of demographic projections floating around. If the Jewish state will some day be challenged by demographic trends within the green line, then either it will turn into less of a Jewish state or there will be a civil war and a new partition. I am guessing the latter scenario will play out, but given the time horizon and the pace of change in the Middle East I don’t really think it is worthwhile thinking much about this particular issue right now.

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    44. palestinian

      It seems you misread what I wrote , we werent discussing your position,but out of nowhere you started telling me about the X-state solution,minorities and majorities ….GG

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    45. Kolumn9

      Very well. We must have misunderstand each other. I believed you were replying to my conversation with David which was in fact concerned with those topics and specifically referred to Arab hatred for Jewish Israelis and acted accordingly. Cheers.

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    46. Kubrikon

      And obviously I use multiple handles.

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    47. palestinian

      or there is no way out of the corner.

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    48. Jack

      Israel using violence against legitimate resistance against annexation.

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    49. David Fonteyn

      @Kibrikon & Palestinian. I think ‘Palestinian’ was basically backing my point that the hatred towards Israelis is not because of being Jewish (this was the kind of claim I was dealing with in relation to Bill above) but because of the Zionist ideology and its implementation. Correct me if I’m wrong. However, it is me who has been arguing about one state solutions.

      I’ll never defeat your rhetoric Kubrikon – you seem convinced of yourself. There are many examples in history when Jews and Arabs have lived in great peace together – many say Palestine was such an example prior to the emergence of Zionism. Spain is of course often noted. Also, while some minorities do not fare well in Iran, the Jews (largest population in the Middle East except for Israel) do well.

      I’ll end my little engagement here with a story from Udi Aloni about the Jenin Theatre.

      “We sat there at the Freedom Theatre in Jenin: Palestinians and Israelis; Muslims, Christians, Jews; children and old folks…And the computer centre, donated by Jewish philanthropist daniel Abrams, is professional and advanced. It is named after Ahmad el-Khatib, a ten-year-old boy killed by the IDF, whose organs were donated by his father, giving life to seven Israelis, Palestinians and Jews, through his dead son.

      When Juliano declared that Pnima Feiler, an Israeli Jewish woman, donated 50,000 NIS to the theatre, everyone stood up and gave her an endless standing ovation. For me this was proof that being a little crazy is the only sane choice. And living between the worlds, Jewish and Palestinian, is the only humane option. And the love that Tel Avivians who came to Jenin received in Jenin – and many came, scores in fact – proves how simple it all is, entirely uncomplicated. As if the complexity was formed just to confuse us and perpetuate evil….The love Juliano received in Jenin proves that Israelis can be given a dream better that the one sold by their government and Israelis can replace the Peace Now movement with determination, replace apology with faith and lust for life and ignore the cynicists and the radicals.”

      So, basically my message is to bypass the Kubrikons and Bills and build the movement together with Palestinians. That’s my hope for the future.

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    50. John Yorke

      The comments on this post seems to parallel the subject of the topic itself.
      Isn’t the real problem here (and there) one of immobility, a failure by both sides to progress much beyond the boundaries laid down by decades of conflict and the manifest destiny that all feel is theirs by right of conquest, divine providence or long-term occupancy of the land?

      Jews maintain their position; Arabs assert theirs. And the result is very reminiscent of trench warfare in its purest form. Yard by painful yard gained, only to be matched by retreats of a few squalid metres here and there. Nothing is ever decided, there is no resolution, neither victors nor vanquished; only the dead and dying are left strewn across the battlefield while everyone else moves on toward the next one. And there always seems to be a next one.

      Surely the time has come to wrap up this business once and for all, to put some stamp of finality upon it and allow it the mercy of a quick death and a decent burial.

      What! Are you all prepared to fight this thing out until the day you die and then have your children follow in your footsteps? That’s not much of a legacy to inherit; even less of one to leave behind.

      You would think that, after all the time that’s passed, the next generation might have expectations of something better.

      And why not this one, also?

      http://yorketowers.blogspot.com

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