The Tent Protests in Israel: Can They Break out of the Zionist/Security/Neo-Liberal Box?

Posted 28th July 2012, by & filed under Binyamin Netanyahu, Ideas, Israeli Summer, Jeff Halper, PLO/PA’s September initiative, Social justice, Zionism.

The demonstrations currently roiling Israel constitute a grassroots challenge to Israel’s neo-liberal regime.  Beginning as an uprising of the middle classes – especially young people who have trouble finding affordable housing – it has spread to the working class, the poor and the Arab communities as well, though not the religious as yet. Many of… Read more »

The Power of Paradigms – Helping Israelis Grasp the New Emerging Reality

Posted 25th July 2012, by & filed under Ideas, Israeli Public Opinion, Jeff Halper, Narratives of the conflict, Paradigm, Peace Movement, Zionism.

We are all creatures of culture. As human beings possessing the ability for abstract thought, we live in realities that we construct ourselves, both collectively and individually. We construct everything; nothing is “natural.” Our constructions of reality – embodied in ideologies, narratives and symbols — make sense to us. The rest on shared assumptions, experiences,… Read more »

Why Israel Won’t Make Peace

Posted , by & filed under Ideas, Israeli Public Opinion, Jeff Halper, Occupation, Peace process, Settlements, Zionism.

  Why won’t Israel make peace with the Palestinians? On the face of it, this seems like a strange question. After all, doesn’t Israel repeat endlessly that it wants peace? Didn’t it offer the Palestinians 95% of the West Bank in the Taba negotiations last January? Wasn’t it the Palestinians who began the violence, the… Read more »

Rethinking Israel After Sixty Years

Posted 18th July 2012, by & filed under Israel 1948, Jeff Halper, matrix of control, Six-Day war, Two-state solution, Zionism.

Israeli Independence Day 2008, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the rise of the Jewish State, should be cause for sober reflection and reevaluation as well as celebration. Indeed, we Israeli Jews have much to celebrate. But something, it appears, is amiss. Israel’s 60 Year gala appeared exaggerated, the joy expressed through the blaring loudspeakers somewhat… Read more »