The public barely noticed the cutesy social-justice protest as long as it stayed cute. Break a bank window and the condescending amiability gets shattered.
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 arrests and beatings of two days ago are sufficient cause to return to the streets immediately and tell the police: Stop, you crossed the line.
The Palestinian village of Sussia has been demolished numerous times in the past four decades, with bulldozers poised to flatten the site again this week. Locals vow to rebuild on the land they own.
This time one can say with certainty that Gaza started the brawl and Israel continued. That's how it is with quarreling kindergarten children.
If we aren't sorry and don't apologize, the curse of the Mavi Marmara will keep on haunting us.
Many South Sudanese migrants are being hunted down by the authorities in Israel, including little Venus.
There is just one thought that should disturb this masked ball: What if we were in their place?
More than a few residents cheered the cruising van, cursed its victims.
The settlers have a nerve now to ask for compassion and solidarity from those with whom they never identified nor felt anything for. They are not worthy of this.
'Imagine I would come to Tel Aviv, take a plot of land, build on it and forge documents,' says Hasan, who has not been able to access his land for 20 years.