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Month: May 2017

Unified but Unequal in Jerusalem ?>

Unified but Unequal in Jerusalem

A few months ago while writing about the occupation as a whole, I started researching East Jerusalem in all of its complexities. Most of what I found then I didn’t post, so in honor of Jerusalem Day, I’ve decided to share my findings. To start, East Jerusalem was conquered in 1967 during the Six Day War from Transjordan and (all but) formally annexed soon after. What does “all but formally annexed” mean? It means that Israel passed laws to extend…

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Two Deaths in Gaza

In the summer of 2014, I had the misfortune of spending about two weeks in the Gaza Strip fighting what seems in retrospect to have been a meaningless war.  For better or for worse the experiences I had during that time were intense and traumatic and are deeply etched in my memory.   I’ve been interested in Israeli history and politics since I first came to Israel in 2009, but since my experiences in the military, I’ve spent a lot more…

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