Haaretz, May 15, 2016


The guy with the big skullcap joins the young guy with the projector, who looks Jewish to me, though I haven’t yet inquired (turns out I’m right).

[...] Now the two have some questions for me. And when I tell them I write about “the occupation,” the big-skullcap guy angrily says something like: “You mean the occupation by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations.”

The guy who ran the projector wants to hear me out. I say something else, and the other guy, who after all is Jewish, retorts with a line that could have come from an Israeli Foreign Ministry or Jewish Agency manual: “If Hamas didn’t fire rockets, there would be peace.”

“Is that true?” asks the projector guy, hushing his friend.

“It’s propaganda,” I tell him