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Issue 110, July/August 2008

The Threat of True Democracy


he temperature in the Middle East rises with the price of oil, while threats ooze out about an air strike against Iran. We present three reasons Why Israel Can't Attack that country.

We also propose that The Real Threat to Israel comes not from the rejectionist front (Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran), but rather from the possibility that new economic pressures will finally spur Democratic Change in the Arab World. Such change would affect the basic parameters of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, beyond any question of a two-state solution or single-state apartheid. Meanwhile, however, Ziad Abu Ziad, a prominent Palestinian leader at the time of the Oslo Accords, feels "Stuck on a Political Island."
Israel's rush to privatization has not ended. After privatizing the bulk of its industry and social services, the turn of the prisons has come. The first privatized prison is today being built in the desert beside Beersheva, although an opposing petition remains before the High Court. Here arise ethical issues, among them this: The state has authority to deprive a person of liberty, but should this authority be subject to financial interests? Should Incarceration be for Profit?

Where did the rush to privatization begin? We look at the Roots of the Neoliberal Takeover in Israel, exploring the mechanisms that have broken social solidarity.

On June 14, the Workers Advice Center (WAC-Ma'an) held a conference on Arab women and employment. Up from Poverty was the theme of two panel discussions, including Jewish and Arab academics, journalists, women's leaders, activists and farm workers.

Finally, two kinds of uprootedness are the topic of Green Shadow, a video work condensed to a page, exposing crimes that no one in Israel's establishment wants to talk or hear about.

All our back articles from January 2005 until April 2008 are now accessible under "Previous Issues" on this website. We wish to thank Ms. Elizabeth Braley for making them so.

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