Iran-Israel: Social Protest and Military Action

“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 MondoweissTikun Olam, and Haaretz Hebrew edition

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Comment by Smadar Lavie on November 19, 2012 at 9:36pm

Dear Abraham,

Apologies for taking so long to respond. My heartfelt gratitude for your sharp read of my Knafo Chronicles, and your eloquent blog on it in Kula-Ring. This last week has been difficult - the festive whirlwind of the AAA while being glued to my I Phone for the horrifying Gaza news. SL

Comment by Abraham Heinemann on November 18, 2012 at 3:25pm

Thank you for this! I was so moved by the Knafo Chronicles I wrote this


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