+972 Magazine congratulates writer Mya Guarnieri Jaradat on her book, The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others, being long-listed for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, alongside books by Amoz Oz, Joshua Cohen, Linda Grant, Nicole Krauss, and Nir Baram. The Unchosen is deeply reported look into the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel. It was published by Pluto Press in March 2017. In her review of The Unchosen for +972, Natasha Roth writes: The book chronicles, through a blend of assiduous reporting and frank anecdotes, the country’s war on non-Jewish migrants, be they asylum seekers or foreign workers. Jaradat, who is also a blogger for +972, leads…Read More...
Read parts one, two, and three. Thursday morning: I wake up and check the news this morning to see what happened last night and then head to the doctor’s in north Tel Aviv. I’m 24 weeks pregnant — yes, with a Jewish-Palestinian baby. My physician in Florida, where we live now, has advised me to keep up with my medical care in Israel even though I’ll only be here for six weeks to freshen up my research for the book I’ve just sold. I’m a few minutes late to my appointment . When the doctor’s door opens, the woman who is…Read More... | 3 Comments
Click here to read parts one and two. The New Year comes and passes. It’s January 2014 and I’ve been living in the territories for almost a year. But rather than becoming more comfortable in my new surroundings and feeling like my usual curious and adventurous self—I am the woman, after all, who has traveled some 20 countries, mostly alone—I find myself turning inwards. I prefer to stay in Bethlehem, close to home. This is not me. The occupation and the checkpoints, particularly the flying checkpoints, have something to do with the change: on my way back to Bethlehem from…Read More... | 7 Comments
There's much bewilderment about how the ruling party in Israel came to endorse someone like Glenn Beck. But the truth is that they are a perfect match - and while Beck is talking the (crazy) talk, it's the Likud that's actually walking the walk. Reflecting on Glenn Beck’s visit, Haaretz puzzles (rather naively): “It is mystifying that people from Israel’s ruling party, Likud, foremost among them Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon and World Likud Chairman Danny Danon, have joined the circle Beck’s fans.” I find this statement equally mystifying for two reasons: 1) it obscures the close relationship between Beck…Read More... | 7 Comments
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