Image: Mohammed Abed, AFP, Dec 15, 2017, Gaza Dear Fellow Progressive / Reform Jews, I am sorry to hear that the setbacks of 2017 have disappointed you. Well, ok, not so much. Your previous comfort was troubling, and I am relieved for anything that loosens its...
Marilyn Garson | Dec. 11, 2017 | Ha’aretz Image: Teargas shrouds Palestinian protesters as they run for cover during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza. Dec. 10, 2017AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra From time to time through my first years in Gaza, 2011-12, I spent...
What is Contrapuntal?
Contrapuntal is a discussion, in the unrepresented space between the fixed extremes.
I am proudly Jewish, and equally proud to have lived and worked 2011 – 2015 with civilians in Gaza. My colleagues, and the Palestinians around us, transformed my understanding of the conflict, and the potential for just solutions.
I want to add adjectives to our understanding of Gaza as a whole, blockaded community of two million people. We need to recognize them as people, protect them, restore their rights, dismantle the wall that hides them, and restore Gaza to discussions of solutions.
When I speak about Gaza, it evokes curiosity, goodwill, indignation, and helplessness. I frame the conversation in the language of human rights, legal accountabilities, and international solutions. Those concepts equalize us.
Politics has failed. Violence fails. The Occupation secures no one. The wars 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.