TITLE

Paradise Lost

AUTHOR(S)
Zimmerman, Sacha
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;12/15/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 24, p54
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author describes her impressions of Israel during a press visit to the country. This junket didn't take me to a golf course with solid gold tees and koi ponds or a ski resort that serves Kir Royales on the gondolas. Rather it took me to Israel, a country so plagued by terrorism that it received a fresh advisory from the State Department warning Americans not to travel there the very week we left. Our host, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), wanted to show us the "real" Israel--an up-close-and personal visit to the troubled country we read so much about from the safety of our American lives. In 1996, I spent ten months on a Project Otzma community service fellowship--working on a kibbutz, teaching English to Iranian immigrants in Tel Aviv and to Ethiopian children at Neve Amiel, a school in the north. Bethlehem exists in contradiction; my impressions of it are like those of a fable, a strange Orwellian parable in which war means peace and love means hate. In this celebration of psychosis, I felt bitter despair for the prospects of these children and for the prospects of a lasting peace.
ACCESSION #
11630112

 

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