APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday April 28, 2020
Quotes of the day:
“I want to convey to Israeli society and the world a message stemming from my deep, bleeding wound: This
conflict has taken victims from all of us, and it does not distinguish between combatants and civilians, between
men and women, between adults and children. So I say to you: Enough hatred and resentment. Let’s live in peace and
love because we [Palestinians], just like you, love life and are doing our best just to get by.”
--Yakoub Rabi, whose wife Aisha was killed in 2018 by a settler teen, said
in a speech at the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony Monday night.*
"What is threatening to many members of the Israeli public about the (joint) Israeli-Palestinian Memorial
Day Ceremony, even in its virtual format this year, is not only the cooperation with the 'enemy.' While on an overt
level the ceremony arouses harsh opposition because of the standing shoulder to shoulder alongside bereaved
Palestinian parents and siblings: In the public subconscious the ceremony is frightening because it challenges the
necessity of death. By its very nature, the ceremony undermines the official effort to provide a series of
justifications for death, in order to alleviate the pain somewhat, so that death will be acceptable. And of course
that helps to prepare the ground for a continuation of the occupation and the fighting."
--Yaki Sagi, a clinical psychologist, writes in Haaretz.**
"Where is the Shin Bet when you need it, where are the police and the security forces? Who will protect us
from the tens of thousands of ticking bombs that will be found at the foot of our children's rooms and bedrooms?
For 20 years we were scared to death of them, 20 years we were warned about them, since the Second Intifada we have
not allowed them to stay here (overnight) and suddenly the danger was gone and with it, the ban on staying
overnight in Israel."
--Gideon Levy writes about how corona changed Israelis' perception of Palestinians -
even if for a short time.***