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By Alice Rothchild

The tragedies of the clash among Israelis and Palestinians are by no means faraway from the pages of the mainstream press. but it truly is infrequent to listen to concerning the fact of existence at the floor -- and it's rarer nonetheless whilst those voices belong to girls. This publication documents the adventure of a Jewish American general practitioner vacationing and dealing inside Israel and the Occupied Territories. Alice Rothchild grew up in a relatives grounded by means of the traumas of the Holocaust and passionately dedicated to Israel. This ebook recounts her studies as she grapples with the truth of lifestyles in Israel and the hardships of Palestinians residing within the West financial institution and Gaza. the hot variation features a new preface, chapters on Israeli dissent and a bankruptcy which explores the influence of a Palestinian domestic demolition and the paintings of Israeli squaddies and Palestinian warring parties who've joined jointly to shape fighters for Peace.Ultimately, the e-book increases troubling questions concerning US coverage and the mainstream Jewish community's insistence on giving unquestioning aid to all Israeli coverage.

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It is to protect ourselves that this Holocaust will not happen again. That’s what Begin said time and again, and many others. Arafat is Hitler sitting in his bunker in Beirut. Come on. In an article, “The Psychological Impact of the Second Intifada on Israeli Society,” Ruchama clarified these ideas. Israelis have held on to their own historical victim status long past its salient historical time. The State of Israel is the strongest military power in the Middle East and possesses nuclear capacities, the strongest air-force and many other sophisticated weapons.

She compared this institution to the medical services within Israel, a country famous for its social supports and the well-funded and advanced state of its health care system. “So it was our responsibility, our government, that this hospital should be run like an Israeli one, and it was a gap like thirty years at least, maybe more, equipment, level of medicine, no comparison. ” She couldn’t believe the smell of urine and sewerage, the filthy water in the bathrooms, the cats roaming the hospital, and remembers being filled with shock and shame.

Is a vision of peace enough, does there have to be justice? What would justice look like? Do we as Jews use the word Palestine? Is that going to prevent us from reaching out to other Jews? When is it principled criticism to disapprove of the behavior of the Israeli government and when is it anti-Semitic? As if directed by our gene pool, the Talmudic tradition lived on, morphing our meetings into a detailed debate about framing the conflict, defining the principles, and developing a strategy. We realized we wanted to focus on educating other Jews and reaching out to the Christian and Muslim communities, to develop an independent Jewish voice that respected the suffering and aspirations of Jews and Palestinians, and to look critically at the role of our own government in this region.

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