The tent city demonstrations are Israeli, Accept it and enjoy it - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Richard Witty
    • 14.08.11 | 10:31 (IDT)

    Compared to the exclusivist Zionist vision of Israel as a land only for Jews, the tent city theme is that Israel is a land for all its people. Multiple constituencies, cultures, classes are participating, and respected. It is an inquiry into what will Israeli be, not any inquiry yet into what Israel will be in relation to other nations, states. I like that that it is an independent inquiry into identity, "know thyself". The occupation will get discussed inevitably, as "how do we relate to our neighbors" is inevitably part of one's own identity. But, the tent city demonstrations are divisive to international Zionist sympathizers as they ask the question of what Israel is. International Zionist sympathizers declare, "We love Israel unconditionally, whatever internal character." The tent community has conditions, "We love Israel that is internally a just Israel, and not one that is internally unjust or unliveable. We are not a museum but a home." That determination to live well in one's home is a strong assertion of Zionism substantively, in spite, or maybe because it conflicts with the likud combination of abusive internal policies with abusive policies towards Israel's neighbors.

    from the article: Israel's social protesters mustn't forget the occupation
    First published 02:04 14.08.11 | Last updated 02:04 14.08.11
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