Hatzor Haglilit was quiet yesterday. Most of the stores in the town center were closed at noon. That's how it is when there are no customers; a northern siesta.
Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper.
Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.
His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.
The cries that rise up from across the border are growing stronger. Therefore, despite all the objections and the limitations, we can no longer accept Israel's equanimity and inaction.
Street-cleaners, dishwashers, day laborers - all of them people we pass every day on the street without even glancing at them - gather at yet another ecstatic Eritrean celebration, held in the best central bus station fashion.
Israelis have no reason to be proud of today's Jerusalem. Even its spectacular beauty and thrilling history have been blurred over the years by the ugliness of discrimination and occupation.
It is impossible to ignore what is happening to us: Palestinian children die in an accident, and many Israelis are happy about it - and are no longer even ashamed of it.
Khader Adnan, who is protesting his detention and humiliating treatment, is about to set a record for Israel's longest hunger strike.
Who is against terror? We will all devotedly raise our hands. But people who are truly against terror must also say: against all terror, against any terror, be it Iranian, Palestinian or Israeli.
The entire Golan Heights is occupied exactly as the West Bank is.
Yair Lapid is an outstanding performer, a born stand-up comic. By the faint light of my cellphone I try to jot down his witticisms, which are flying fast and furious, but the people around me are grumbling.
Israelis should embrace Wednesday's strike with the same enthusiasm they joined the summer protest.