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Jewish and Democratic

For a few days now I have been struggling to work out what I really want to say about the commotion surrounding the interrogation of the supporters of the supposedly Halachic work, ‘Torat HaMelech’ (‘Laws of Sovereignty’). One of the excerpts I have heard quoted (though I have not and do not intend to read the … Continue reading

Nazareth is just an example: Integration or Separate but Equal?

The Mayor of Upper Nazareth, Shimon Gapso, apparently claims that his remarks as reported by a local Arab paper were ‘taken out of context.’ He was quoted as saying that if he’d been in charge during the October 2000 clashes, more Arab citizens would have been killed, that Upper Nazareth would never become a mixed … Continue reading

Jerusalem Day or Yom HaNaqsa (the Day of Defeat)

Moshe Ben-Atar speaks poignantly in yesterday’s (Hebrew) Ha’aretz about what has become of the Jerusalem of his childhood – when Jews and Arabs were good neighbours to each other. Today, he suggests, suspicion and hatred have become part of the air we breathe in this so-called holy city. Yesterday’s Jerusalem Day seems to have become all … Continue reading

I am an Israeli Patriot

Patriotism has become a dirty word in many circles. It has become acquainted with fanaticism and extremism. To be an Israeli patriot is even worse. And because of my left-wing views, many people would be surprised to hear me describe myself as an Israeli patriot. In Israel, patriotism and Zionism are terms that have been … Continue reading

Enemy Images

One of the factors that contributes to the perpetuation of conflict is our image of the ‘enemy’ as inherently evil. In any situation of protracted conflict people become convinced that the other side is ‘bad.’ Perceptions of the enemy form mirror images of each other – that is, each side attributes to itself the same … Continue reading

The Paralysis of Fear

Reading this morning’s commentaries on President Obama’s speech to AIPAC, one of the things that strikes me is the myriad ways in which it is possible to listen, and how the way that you listen determines what you will hear. In one of my first blogs (‘A Time for Silence’) I suggested that Netanyahu needed … Continue reading

The Future of Jerusalem

Why is it that the dispute concerning Jerusalem seems to swing from “the eternal capital of Israel, one undivided city” to proposals to divide the city between East (Palestinian) and West (Israeli)? Why is it so rare to hear voices calling for a shared Jerusalem? A few years ago, when a Women’s Dialogue Group run … Continue reading

Hitting Back

My son is a soldier. He was recently out on a training run with his unit when for no apparent reason he was set upon by a soldier from a different unit, who used a wooden stick he was holding to hit my son and one of the other soldiers. It all happened very quickly, … Continue reading