On eve of Israeli visit, renowned academic Zygmunt Bauman laments protracted occupation
The sociologist, who has family in Israel and was himself briefly a citizen, says the country has abandoned its social problems and duty to alert the world of the evil endemic of nationalist hatred; clarifies his link between West Bank separation barrier and Warsaw Ghetto walls.
Professor Zygmunt Bauman last visited Israel some 20 years ago, during the period of the second government of Yitzhak Rabin. “I came to Israel during the tragically brief episode of Rabin’s government − the time of hope that the nation was about to come to its senses, stop the rot and follow the road out of the impasse,” he recalls now. “That episode, though, was brought to a violent end shortly after − not by a...
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