October 9, 2011
BOOK OF THE WEEK: WEEK FORTY-ONE, 2011
Ilan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (New Haven & London: Yale U. Press, 2011) ("In response to the involvement of two young Jewish women from Petach Tivka, a large city near Tel Aviv, in an alleged attack by Palestinian youth on a Jewish citizen in Tel Aviv, the municipality of Petach Tivka announced it was establishing a team of youth counselors and psychologists whose job it was to identify young Jewish women who were dating Arab men and 'rescue' them. But his brand of policy was usually not triggered by the alleged involvement of young women with criminal activity by Arab youth. In Pisgat Zeev in Jerusalem the residents formed a vigilante-style patrol to stop young Jewish women meeting with Palestinians. And in 2007, the municipality of Kiryat Gat launched a programme in schools to warn Jewish girls of the dangers of dating local Bedouin men. The girls were shown a video titled 'Sleeping with the enemy', which described mixed couples as an 'unnatural phenomenon'." Id. at 191.).