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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