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Meir Margalit: In Israel, everyone works for the right

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Interview. We interviewed Meir Margalit, former city councilor and founder of the committee against the demolition of Palestinian houses ICAHD. Israel’s workforce is groomed in a military culture of obedience: do what they tell you.

written by Chiara Cruciati

Topic Middle East and North Africa

May 13, 2021

Meir Margalit is not just any observer of the transformations experienced by Jerusalem in recent decades. An Israeli Jew born in Argentina, from 1998 to 2014 he was a member of the city council for the left-wing Zionist party Meretz. Among the founders of the ICAHD association, the committee against the demolition of Palestinian homes by the Israeli authorities, in his book Gerusalemme la città impossibile (“Jerusalem, the impossible city,” Edizioni Terra Santa) he described Jerusalem as what he called a “non-city,” a model of institutionalized inequality.

How has Jerusalem changed in recent decades?

It has changed for the worse, because of the conjunction of three dangerous elements: Trump and the pressure of fundamentalist evangelism; the Netanyahu government and the pressure of small right-wing parties that want to prove they are more nationalist than he is; and the administration of the religious nationalist mayor Moshe Leon. Three elements that have brought the humiliation of the Palestinians to levels never seen before.

This is why such an explosion was only a matter of time: the Palestinians were not only deeply affected economically and socially by the pandemic, because many of them worked in the tourist sector, in restaurants and hotels and lost a source of livelihood that........

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