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  • Before Zionism: The shared life of Jews and Palestinians

    Before the advent of Zionism and Arab nationalism, Jews and Palestinians lived in peace in the holy land. Menachem Klein's new book maps out an oft-forgotten history of Israel/Palestine, and offers some guidance on how we may go back to that time. By Noam Rotem Menachem Klein's book, Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron, is a depressing one. Originally released in English, the book — which is being published in Hebrew  — paints a picture of a shared life between Palestinians and Jews at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th…

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  • Ramadan is over, the Muslims are coming

    Israeli society is finally beginning to understand the importance of Ramadan to the Muslim population. Just don't be afraid of us as we invade your cities this weekend, okay? That's it, Ramadan is over. Thirty brutal summer days have passed. We ate all that was forbidden at night, and the celebrations and carbohydrates are nearing their end. Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month-long fast, is before us. Many call this the "small" holiday, because it lasts only three days and does not have its own "eve," as opposed to Eid al-Adha, the "big" holiday, which lasts five…

  • Living alongside one other isn't necessarily coexistence

    A mixed Jewish-Arab couple is discouraged from applying to live in what many look to as a model for coexistence in Israel-Palestine. By Orna Akad (translated by Ofer Neiman) No, this is not a new book which I have just published, nor is it a new play. This is my life with Fouad, which has given me a few minutes of fame. The furor last summer over the marriage of Mahmoud and Morel led me to my virtual photo album, in order to publish a family photo. I wanted to show that it's both possible and desirable to live differently. Alongside numerous…

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  • Replace fake co-existence photos with real images of co-resistance

    The exposure of a popular 'co-existence' photo as a staged fabrication points to the need for better images of the path to a just peace. Text and photo by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/ A photograph intended to illustrate the peace process ended up being more accurate than intended. The now-iconic image showing a “Palestinian” and an Israeli boy walking arm in arm was a contrived set-up that anyone with experience in the region should have been able to spot as a fake. The popular photo recently showed up in a tweet by Rihanna after she posted — and then quickly deleted…

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  • Returning to Gaza's devastation after summer peace camp

    During Operation Protective Edge, dozens of Israeli and Palestinian children spent their days at a summer peace camp in the U.S. When one of those children returned to Gaza and found his family homes destroyed, he wrote a letter to the new Israeli friend he’d made at camp. By Orly Noy Just days before the start of the latest Gaza war I had the opportunity to speak with Noa, my daughter’s good friend, who told me excitedly about her upcoming trip to a camp run by Seeds of Peace, an a-political organization that works to introduce youths from conflict zones…

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  • Film review: Arab citizen of Israel, member of the enemy

    What is a Muslim woman's place in a country where Jewish suffering is the dominant cultural theme? A new Israeli film tells the story of Hadeel, a 27-year-old Arab woman who teaches at a Jewish school in central Israel, and explores the difficulty of never fully belonging. By Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber Dove’s Cry, Ganit Ilouz's new documentary (playing at New York City's "The Other Israel" film festival, November 16-18), tells the story of a charismatic Arabic teacher in a Jewish elementary school in Israel. Edited by Sara Salomon, the film speaks to both the possibilities as well as the limitations of implementing an…

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  • What is normalization?

    A recent post on +972 addressed the matter of Israeli-Palestinian “normalization.” The text sparked a debate and raised many questions about the definition, implications and ethics of the term and its associated activities. After monitoring the discussion for some time, we thought it would be useful to post the following text, which explains what anti-normalization is according to the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) campaign against normalization.  The article was initially published on October 31, 2011 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott. In the Palestinian and Arab struggle against Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid, the “normalization” of Israel is a concept that has…

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