I wrote this article back in 2012 – it is sadly just as relevant today – when I worked for an amazing charity called The Galilee Foundation, which helped Palestinian citizens in Israel (i.e. not from the West Bank or Gaza, but those whose families had managed to remain somehow in what is now known as Israel) with scholarships so they could go to university. Although full citizens of Israel, these Palestinians face numerous discriminatory laws which means they are at a disadvantage in further education, both in terms of finances and opportunities.
“If what G.K. Chesterton said about education being the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another is true, then it seems Israel has managed to erect a cultural roadblock. The Zionist hope is that, in the absence of a collective Palestinian identity, those Palestinians who remain will adopt the Israeli national identity with less resistance, becoming a more malleable component within the Jewish state of Israel.”
Ok this one isn’t so funny, but it does include the phrase ‘miasmic swamp.’
Click here to read the full article on the wonderful Washington Report on the Middle East website.