The Taste of Mulberries

“At that moment, together with the scorching sun and the dust, I felt in my mouth the taste of the mulberries, and I understood what homeland means, and also, for the first time, vaguely and at a distance and a little bit afraid, I understood that this homeland, the homeland of the songs and of school textbooks, is simply just the taste of mulberries, and the smell of dust, and the moist earth in winter, and the colour of the sky, and that it is a homeland not only for me, but also for Rashid Masarwa.”

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The notion of a Jewish-democratic state is an oxymoron and the two-state solution will never work Jerusalem-born thinker Meron Benvenisti has a message for Israelis: Stop whining The notion of a Jewish-democratic state is an oxymoron and the two-state solution will never work. ‘This country is a shared land, a single homeland,’ he says. By … Continue reading

A greater Palestine, comprising Israel and Jordan?

A Palestinian state of the West Bank and Gaza is no longer on the cards,  irrespective of the make-up of the coming Israeli government. Israel instead has created the strategic conditions, including a near Israeli  public consensus, for the expulsion of the Palestinians from the West Bank…A tri- ethnic state in Greater  Palestine would enable Jews to live in Eretz Israel (Land of Israel), as Israelis call Greater Palestine. Jews for millennia lived amongst Arabs and Muslims and thrived economically and culturally in their midst. Yes, they  experienced episodes of misfortune, which often struck the Arabs themselves  too. The creation of Israel disrupted a largely admirable, long-shared  cultural history. Anti-Semitism is a European-spawned demon that caught in its claws first the Jews and then the Palestinians. The fog of present  hostilities prevents envisioning a tolerant, inclusive political order;  however, it is not, or at least we must believe it is not, impossible. 
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