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The Unseized Luxury of Distance

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09.07.2021

During May 2021, Israel and Palestine experienced a surprisingly intense wave of societal violence, which the area hasn’t experienced since the British Mandate Era. As usual, international media focused on the topic with an extreme discipline and motivation. Opinion and analytic pieces popped up in every newspaper around the globe, also in Germany. And as usual, German society initially and immediately chose sides and departed over a dispute that is 3,000 kilometers away. It’s either Palestine or Israel and nearly everyone I was talking to had an idea or an opinion, identifying the victim and the traitor in century old conflict.

Leipzig, my hometown, saw its central place, the Augustusplatz, occupied by two demonstrations: the eastern part was stuffed with Israeli flags, the western was an ocean of Palestinian ones. Interestingly, but not noticeable at first sight was the group of Israelis in the center of the pro-Palestinian........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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