The settlement movement registered major victories this year on various fronts. Its representatives are reaching new heights in politics, the judiciary and the media. One out of five residents east of the Green Line is a settler. The expansion of settlements continues unabated, and - most importantly - settlers are in full control of the Israeli national narrative. In 2012, as more and more observers declared the death of the two-state solution, the settler became the new normal. By Lisa Goldman and Mairav Zonszein For decades, the settler movement and Israel’s secular, largely Ashkenazi urban elite have been playing a game of…Read More... | 37 Comments
The fact that a newspaper has both a Hebrew and an English edition doesn't mean readers are getting the same story. Translations are selective and emphasize different aspects of the same story - and the implications for reader knowledge is great. By Sol Salbe The image you have of Israel depends on what you read. That's fairly obvious: the most conservative Palestinian media is still more supportive of the Palestinian cause than the most liberal Israel media. And there is a huge range of opinion within each sector. But with the popularity in recent years of English-language versions of Hebrew…Read More... | 19 Comments
UPDATE: Just one day after a bomb threat targeted Peace Now offices in Jerusalem, the building of Hagit Ofran, the organization’s “Settlement Watch” director, was vandalized in another “Price Tag” attack. Perpetrators late Monday night spray-painted her stairwell with the words "Hagit Ofran, ZL" (an acronym used for the deceased, literally translating to “of blessed memory”); “Rabin is waiting for you,” referring to slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, whose assassination at the hands of a settler was commemorated this week; and references to illegal settler outposts slated for demolition. A car parked outside the building but not belonging to Ofran…Read More... | 55 Comments
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