'A family is a father, mother and children, and not two fathers and a child,' said Avi Wurtzman during his previous Knesset stint. While doing nothing to advance socioeconomic issues, he did initiate a 23 million shekel project for daily study of Torah.09:29 01.12.15 | 1 comments
It's obvious to anyone who's done some research in the matter -- a little digging -- that the establishment and civil institutes of the state discriminate against the Israeli Arab population (it must be noted that this is in contradiction of the legeslative position of the state -- i.e., the Law -- that upholds equality and forbids discrimination). One of these areas of discrimination is definatly the issue of "collective memory" as it was put in the article. However, I believe that if one delves deep enough into the issue of commemoration and memory in Israel, one comes to realize that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, at its core, a conflict of narrative -- that is, two exclusive narratives, struggling for dominance of memory and identity of this land and its people. Trying to evluate this struggle as objectively as possible, it must be noted that BOTH this narratives (call them what you may) are unequivocally EXCLUSIVE; that is, as they've been defined over more than a decade, it is intrinsic to EACH narrative that the other narrative is NOT recognized. Not that this important fact shouuld change the uneasy, all-too-familiar feeling one senses when reading this article; one of the marks of Israelis' own holocaust-memory is a sensitity to such things. However, that same sensitivty should also tingle when one hears how exclusive the Palestinian memory of "Al-Nakba" is toward Jews and their connection to the same land. Indeed, I believe that with all due respect to negotiating peace deals and land-for-peace initiatives, it is the reconcilliation of these two conflicting narratives (perhaps by a new, INCLUSIVE narrative) that is key to ending this terrible conflict once and for all.