Almost always the news makes violence in Israel seem worse than the reality. This time the opposite is true, and the rage and fear go deeper than what the news cameras can capture. The problem is that dueling narratives are bringing out knives, and beliefs are causing bullets to fly.
Both sides are literally experiencing different realities, they each see the “other” as a monolithic bloc that is bent on doing them harm. And they have a list of events they use to justify their narrative. For Palestinians, they are the Al-Aqsa Mosque clashes and the growing settlements; for Israelis, the stabbing attacks and memories of suicide bombings.… Seguir leyendo »
There are profound and institutionalized economic disparities between Arabs and Jews in Israel. But when it comes to housing prices, an Israeli Arab who makes $1,000 a month and pays $500 in rent can still find common ground with an Israeli Jew making $2,000 and giving $1,000 to the landlord.
On Saturday, approximately 150,000 people flocked to the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba and many small suburbs and towns to protest the rising cost of living. It was Israel’s largest demonstration on any issue in over a decade, and organizers are calling for an even larger protest this weekend, mimicking the snowballing weekly rallies of the Arab Spring.… Seguir leyendo »