|A graffiti artist paints the face of a Palestinian child on a wall in Beirut, Lebanon|
I happened upon both of the pieces I am going to post here a bit ago at +972. They have to do with Lebanon, Palestinians, Israelis, the Shin Bet, and reality. I couldn't figure out which to post so I decided, what the heck, let's just do both.
Since they are both pretty lengthy and I really think you should read them, I am going to dispense with my own introduction. Instead I will give you the introductions from +972
The second article is entitled, "The Shin Bet was very nice, and therein lies their racism." The intro reads:
Let's get started.
Unafraid: The new generation of Palestinian activists in Israel
(Translated from Hebrew by Dimi Reider)
When I was in my second year of university and my father found out I became politically active, he was terrified. “The Shin Bet will snatch you in the middle of the night and throw you out to Lebanon!” he told me. The generation of my parents, who came of age in the shadow of the military regime imposed by Israel over all Arab-majority areas within its territory, grew up on Shin Bet fairy tales; tales of its tyranny and, most importantly, of its perceived omnipotence. “They can know your dreams before you even dream them,” warned one uncle, who worked as a subcontracted maintenance man with the police and therefore considered himself immune.
‘The Shin Bet was very nice, and therein lies their racism’