When saying ‘Never again’ is the only way Israel engages with the past, it can be used to justify undemocratic, militaristic rule over the Palestinians - and now, annexation
Daniel Barenboim is general music director of La Scala, the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Together with the late Edward Said he co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians.
The founding fathers of the State of Israel considered the principle of equality and the pursuit of peace as the bedrock of the society they were building. What happened?
In order to reach the two-state solution, two countries must exist – and the present situation does not reflect this
Europe, whose anti-Semitism led to the Holocaust, also has moral and historical obligations towards the Palestinians, who still suffer its consequences
The conflict has today reached a previously unimaginable level of gruesomeness and despair. As both an Israeli and Palestinian citizen, I call for both sides to accept the other side’s suffering and their rights.
Imprisoning conscientious objectors reflects not only injustice of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, but also a deplorable retreat from the great Jewish moral tradition.