Author Archives: Avigail Abarbanel

About Avigail Abarbanel

Avigail Abarbanel was born and raised in Israel. She moved to Australia in 1991 and now lives in Scotland. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice and is an activist for Palestinian rights. She is the editor of Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

Oppression by consensus in Israeli ‘democracy’

What happens when the threat, and the trauma, never end? Many, if not most Israeli Jews still believe, incredibly, that their country is a democracy like any other Western democracy, with real freedom of opinion and expression. They are naive, writes Avigail Abarbanel

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Happy Hanukkah? Thanks, but not for me

Given the realities of the Israeli occupation, Avigail Abarbanel finds the hypocrisy of Hanukkah intolerable. It’s okay for Jews to celebrate efforts to liberate themselves from occupation, but it is not okay for the Palestinians. Above, a photo circulated by the Israeli military.

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