Nothing prevents Palestinians from returning to their lands in this area of the West Bank – except for the so-called hilltop youth that was supposedly expelled from the area 14 years ago
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.
There are good things to be said about Tzipi Livni, but her contribution to peace is not one of them. Not only did she not contribute, she caused fateful damage to the cause
Veterans of Israel’s famed signal intelligence corps, already well versed in violence against the helpless, are now indulging in rotten meddling abroad
Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail without a trial for 20 months. Another period of ‘administrative detention’ will soon expire. Will she come home?
How is it possible to be so compassionate and so conscientious, and ignore absolute evil?
The two-state solution is dead, and the Zionist left helped kill it
Likud has selected the most right-wing slate in its history and Israel is cheering just because a few of the marginal menaces like legislator Hazan were ousted
In 16 years Israel approved just 4 percent of Palestinian building requests, while annually issuing 1,000 demolition orders. The High Court of Justice has never debated a Palestinian petition against such an order
There are very few cases in Israeli politics in which justice is meted out as it is to the Labor and Meretz parties, which have abused their office and are now being punished
Gideon Levy Palestinian Teen Hiking With Friends Was Killed in Israeli Army Ambush. He Posed No Danger
Six teens went to the valley to have a picnic. Israeli soldiers ambushed them from behind an oak tree and fired dozens of rounds at them. Ayman Hamad was killed
Finally we’ve found a worthy alternative to Netanyahu, who was making us distraught, a leader with something meaningful to say - But what kind of meaning is this? And what kind of joy?
Palestinian residents of a West Bank village are being targeted by hate crimes coming from two nearby Jewish outposts
The Israeli trainer and his Qatari and Egyptian assistants throw a few bones, and the caged animal in Gaza surrenders
Another Palestinian village joins the popular protest, its inhabitants no longer able to bear attacks by settlers. Vandals have butchered a grove of 35-year-old olive trees in the village. The tracks led to a nearby settler outpost
From Gantz's beautiful Israel, there's hope and peace. It’s an illusion that allows Israelis to feel so good about themselves after a hundred years of dispossession and 50 years of occupation
Benny Morris is convinced that what prevailed in the past will also exist in the future. As a historian, he should know this isn’t the case, not forever
Somehow, 16-year-old Fawaz Abed wasn’t killed. Border Police shot him in the head at short range near his home in El Bireh, and may also have kicked him, eyewitnesses say. Emergency surgery saved his life
I find myself grateful to Benny Morris. In his blindness and his pessimism, he has once again reminded me of the hope that exists
A wild militaristic orgy is now at its height, as it was back then, following the 1967 Six-Day War
An unsettling new Breaking the Silence tour focuses on the history of the occupation. Every Israeli and visitor who cares about what’s happening here has to take it
All the lack of public action, the indifference, complacency, blindness and years of silence in the face of conduct far more criminal find an outlet in hating Netanyahu
Residents of one Jordan Valley community never know when they’ll be evicted from their tents and have to seek refuge for hours at a time. Would anyone even conceive of treating settler families this way?
We’re finished raping you, dear Palestinians. Now let’s divorce. That’s fair. Isn’t it?
The sad and unbelievable joke about the break-up of the Zionist Union faction: Israel fancies this a rift on the left
Amos railed against the occupation from the very beginning, even if he took a symmetrical approach to the Israelis and Palestinians – a symmetry that never existed
A Palestinian scrap metal collector was returning to his West Bank town after burning wires when Israeli Border Police apparently signaled him to stop. When he continued to drive, they sprayed his car with bullets
Netanyahu was the one-state visionary. The struggle for its character lies with those who will follow him
The decision will force Israel to reduce its intoxication with power. Relying exclusively on military might has never worked in the long run
A Palestinian from the Jalazun refugee camp was shot in the back and died after soldiers kept him from receiving medical care
The widow and the bereaved mother was a woman whose image was defined not by herself, but by the men in her life. This is how we like our heroes. But of what substance are they?