“Israel’s most liberal city introduces racially segregated kindergartens,” at the Daily Beast, by Lisa Goldman:
When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own. As of this year, the municipality of Israel’s most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go—in 2013.
According to a report published by Ynet (Hebrew edition), the city built the new preschools for black children after Jewish-Israeli residents of the inner city area threatened to keep their children at home rather than allow them to learn how to count, fingerpaint and play on the swings alongside their peers from Eritrea and Sudan.
Speaking of Open Zion, the other day Mira Sucharov celebrated Sam Horowitz’s over the top bar mitzvah and offered this description of the website’s purpose:
Open Zion—and my role as a blogger within it—is not an entertainment magazine, but rather a forum for evaluating, critiquing and reimagining a Jewish future, both in Israel and in the Diaspora.In a sense this Bar Mitzvah video represented an attempt by one Jewish boy to do just that….
It is sad that a burlesque routine at a fancy hotel for 13-year-olds is a mainstream American publication’s idea of imagining the Jewish future. Doesn’t the Daily Beast have other concerns that might counter such imaginings?
But Open Zion calls itself a “new conversation about Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish future.” The Palestine part got left out by Sucharov.
Again, this is exactly like French colonials and French imperialists telling themselves through the 1950s that they could figure out Algeria’s future without the Algerians taking a leading role, or any role at all, in the discussion. And how did that work out? With a massive bloodletting and all the colonials gone, including families that had been in Algeria for hundreds of years–Derrida’s, for one.
It is in fact an urgent task to imagine a future of two peoples in Israel and Palestine that is not the Jim Crow Lisa Goldman has documented. The only other way is violence.