lives de­fined by lim­its

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

The Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion be­gan 50 years ago. Four out of ev­ery five Pales­tini­ans alive to­day have known no other ex­is­tence but the sys­tem of check­points, con­crete walls and per­mits im­posed upon them. With the sta­tus quo un­likely to change soon, ev­ery­day peo­ple ab­sorb their re­al­ity. What does it feel like to be “oc­cu­pied” in 2017?

Is­rael’s mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion of the West Bank and Gaza be­gan five decades ago, when Is­rael de­feated three Arab armies. To­day, mil­lions of Pales­tini­ans still face con­crete walls, check­points and other Is­raeli con­trols. What does it feel like to be “oc­cu­pied” in 2017? The lives of three peo­ple – a con­struc­tion worker, a can­cer pa­tient and a ty­coon – of­fer some an­swers.


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