“The Knafo Chronicles: Marching on Jerusalem With Israel’s Silent M... published in AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work highlights the key links between social protest movements by Israel’s marginalized Mizrahim (“Easterners,” Hebrew) and heightened Israeli aggression against Palestinians and Muslim neighboring states--most recently, Iran. Since summer 2011, Israel has been beset by protesters demonstrating against the skyrocketing cost of living, foreclosures, evictions, and dwindling social services. At around the same time, the prospects of an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities became more likely.
Using the 2003 Single Mothers’ March on Jerusalem as a case study, “The Knafo Chronicles” demonstrates how Israel dismantles social protest movements that threaten the regime’s power-base. Indeed, to short circuit a full, re-energized renewal of the 2011 protests in 2012, Israeli political leaders continue to press the importance of national unity. This has had a chilling effect on the protests’ size and momentum. In October 2012, as a pre-emptive move to protect his draconian 2013 national budget, Netanyahu called for early elections. Most protesters have busied themselves with election efforts. Thus, once again, the regime has succeeded in quelling civil unrest.
“The Knafo Chronicles” was written up in Mondoweiss, Tikun Olam, and Haaretz Hebrew edition