Contrapuntal: Transforming Gaza

A Blog by Marilyn Garson

Are We The New Anti-Semites?

            Defence Minister Ron Mark met Israel’s Prime Minister last week.  Netanyahu is quoted as asking New Zealand to change its definition of anti-Semitism, so that it includes political opposition to Zionism: “[T]he new form of antisemitism is anti-Zionism, and...

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What’s new?

Reading Maimonides In Gaza Mondoweiss has published an expanded version of my earlier story of my time in Gaza.  Part of each purchase price goes to the We Are Not Numbers project, supporting Gazan writers.  You can read more, and order copies here.  I’m very proud that Mondoweiss has made Reading Maimonedes in Gaza the second in their forthcoming series of hardcopy publications!

What is Contrapuntal?

I am a Jew, proud to have lived and worked 2011 – 2015  in Gaza.  Living behind the walls and beneath the bombs, Gazans transformed my understanding of justice.

I want to add adjectives to our understanding of Gaza:  young, ambitious, educated, loving and audaciously human.
I frame the conversation in the language of human rights, legal accountabilities, and international solutions.
Those frameworks equalize us.
Politics has failed.  Violence fails.  The Occupation secures no one.  The bombardments deter no one.  We, people, are what’s left – and I want us to act.  We can change the cost of the status quo, and raise the rewards of solution.
Gaza needs freedom, justice, and protection in the meantime.

There has to be a visionary alternative, a distinction between the this-worldness which doesn’t allow us to see beyond the impossible odds in power and status, and the possibility of dreaming a different dream, and seeing an alternative to all this.

To every situation, there is always an alternative.

One must train onesself to think the alternative, not to think the accepted and the status quo or to believe that the present is frozen.

Edward Said, The Pen And The Sword, 1993