From Rafah to Sachnin

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2004

Call them juxtapositions, call them contradictions, Israel overflows with them. Examples from my recent six week-long visit there: During a week in which international attention was focused on events in Rafah in southern Gaza, the attention of Israelis was divided. The destruction in Rafah was impossible to avoid, and the controversy over what was happening there was searing. At the same time, the papers and the television were flooded with the grand news from Sachnin, an Arab town whose soccer team had just won the national championship. On a different, but distressingly related note, there's the strange but not inexplicable contradiction of Prime Minister Sharon's policy regarding Gaza. On the one hand, he wants Israel out of the place. He seems quite intent on that, and this time there's no reason to doubt his determination. But while awaiting that approval, or the Cabinet reshuffling that perhaps will precede it, Israel has attacked the refugee camp at Rafah in a particularly punishing way. A country full of contradictions, from the refugee camp, to the soccer field and back again.

Topic: Political Behavior, Sports, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Human Rights, Israeli Arabs, Refugees, Politics, Terrorism

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: Israel , Palestinian Territories

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