Israel: Life over the fence

The Jerusalem Gypsy asking a Palestinian friend if he will be at her daughter wedding, he said “Only if I'm not in jail” and told me he is up for a court hearing the day before her daughter's wedding. The reason? He invited two old friends of his, men in their sixties, to his home to do some work at his house. He's been friendly with them for years and they do handymen work around his house. Unfortunately, the separation fence was built so that his friends are over the fence and not inside like he is. He is a resident of Jerusalem, they are now considered West Bank Palestinians. By law, he cannot any longer invite his buddies that he knew most of his life over to his home even for a cup of coffee unless they have a permit. Well, he was caught by the police who checked their id's and this could carry a 6 month prison sentence (even if the “infiltrators” have a clean police record which they do). He didn't feel like asking his old buddies whether they had permits. He did what he always did and invited them over. Everyone in his neighborhood does because the fence split the town in half.


  • […] But I’m slightly flummoxed by the decision to exclude the Israeli-Palestinian category of this blog from GVO’s Israel section. To be fair, the idea of our exclusion isn’t entirely outside the bounds of reason. As managing editor Rachel Rawlins wrote to me: She [Israel editor Lisa Goldman] concentrates on blogs written by people living in Israel since one of our objectives is to curate conversations generally taking place outside the already very well represented regions of North America and Western Europe. […]

  • […] Over the past few days, I’ve had a dialogue of the deaf with Lisa Goldman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist who edits the Israel section of the Global Voices website. I’ve criticized the lack of diversity in Goldman’s choices of blogs she covers in her regular roundups of Israeli blogs. I’ve also criticized her narrow definition of what her section accepts. For example, this blog is not eligible because I am not Israeli, even though I blog about Israel every day. […]

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