Haaretz, Aug 24, 2017


For Haredim, coexistence actually means forcing the other side to adopt their way of life. It’s never a case of ultra-Orthodox allowing people who aren’t part of their community to go on pursuing their life as usual. The few secular people who still live in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood (which on Barkat’s map is intended to be Haredi, although when it was built, after 1967, was anticipated to be a totally secular area) have already become habituated to shutting off their radios and televisions on Shabbat, and getting around on foot and not by car. Their behavior isn’t motivated by consideration for beliefs they don’t hold. The motivation is fear. Because spitting, cursing and stone throwing are not considered desecration of the Sabbath.

Haaretz, August 2, 2017


The seemingly innocent division of the West Bank into Areas A, B and C drew the boundaries of the territorial pockets that we designated for the Palestinians. The four years allotted for this division have been so prolonged that to Israelis, the annexation of Area C will seem like the most logical step. Israeli roads divide Palestinian neighborhoods and surround Palestinian homes, the wall was built adjacent to A-Ram and Shoafat and the area it left for expansion is only for the settlements. Everything is based on “professional considerations,” of course. And the small proportions allocated for construction in Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods – after 35 percent of their land was expropriated for Jews – was also initially explained by the altruistic reason of preserving the areas' rural character.

Haaretz, Apr. 29, 2017


The farming lands and local spring near al-Walaja are slated to become part of Jerusalem's new urban park, which the Palestinians will be prevented from reaching



The park’s highlight will be the copious al-Hanya Spring, which serves the area’s shepherds for watering their flocks and other villages for bathing and relaxing. The spring will now be on the other side of the barrier.

Haaretz, Jul 31, 2017


during the festivities at Al-Aqsa, furious soldiers — sitting at a higher level — didn’t miss the opportunity to toss a stun grenade into the crowd that filled the plaza; they have to remind the Palestinians who’s the boss and who has the monopoly on victories.


Parla l’analista Uraib al Rintawi: il governo israeliano punta a dividere la Spianata delle moschee ma le sue politiche aggressive a Gerusalemme frenano la “normalizzazione” con i Paesi arabi


 – Il Manifesto

Sulle ragioni delle proteste palestinesi e le implicazioni in Medio Oriente della crisi a Gerusalemme e delle politiche del governo Netanyahu, abbiamo intervistato l’analista arabo ed editoralista del quotidiano al Dustour, Uraib al Rintawi [....]