Over five years of on-the-ground research. Almost three years of writing and rewriting. And my book about migrant workers and African refugees in Israel just isn't selling. I’ve spent more than two years addressing everything in my control (with the help of an excellent literary agent who has sold some very big books). My experiences as a journalist--and some appalling numbers from the publishing industry--leave me to conclude that editors are passing on my book because I’m a woman. I've also gotten the sense that publishers aren't interested because the discourse about Israel-Palestine is locked into an overly simplistic discussion of…Read More... | 16 Comments
Something caught my eye when looking through photos on The Atlantic of the Nakba day demonstrations which engulfed the West Banks and Israel's border areas last Sunday. Image 16, reprinted below, carries the following caption: Two Palestinian men struggle after being overcome by tear gas fired during clashes with the Israeli police on May 15, 2011 at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah, West Bank. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) Actually one of the men is an Israeli from Tel Aviv named Jonathan Pollak. I suppose The Atlantic was not aware that Israeli supporters joined the Nakba demonstrations throughout the West Bank on Sunday. Maybe the…Read More... | 14 Comments
The Atlantic's Jeffery Goldberg is worried that Israel might cease being a democracy. When will that be? The threshold he suggests has already been crossed, and is meaningless anyway. His analysis of anti-democratic forces in Israel is equally superficial and prejudiced Jeffery Goldberg, in The Atlantic, is concerned about the possibility that Israel might cease being a democracy. The idea that absorbing the Palestinians in the West Bank will force Israel to choose between being Jewish and being democratic is a cliché in Israel. It was voiced even by Ehud Barak (Labor), Netanyahu's defense minister. Still, it is surprising to…Read More... | 6 Comments
This article was originally published in October 2010. I am republishing it following the Israeli government's publication of its definitive report on the incident, in which it absolves the army of responsibility for the boy's death. I've added two new paragraphs at the end. In September 2000, on the second day of the Second Intifada, a 12 year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Gaza. Several other Palestinian children were killed by gunfire that day, and hundreds more in the months and years since, but only…Read More... | 4 Comments
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