One Image, 2 Million People Stripped of Their Dignity

Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
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This image should haunt every Israeli, wherever they may go. Haunt them, disturb their sleep, torture their conscience, destroy their peace of mind.

A mass of people crowding in front of the chamber of commerce in the Jabalya refugee camp, in a desperate attempt to get a permit to work in Israel. You need to look at the expressions, the bleary eyes, the stubble, the beseeching, the despair showing on the face of every person in line, fighting for his life and livelihood. The papers they wave, as though they will help them achieve their dream. The hands outstretched, as though someone’s long arm will help him to reach his dream. But it is Israel’s long arm, serving these people all these ills.

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