The Separation Barrier was built by the Israeli government to prevent uncontrolled entry of Palestinians into Israel. My latest video report focuses on organization of Israeli women peace-activists who visit these checkpoints on a daily basis.
Imagine back in 2010 if instead of masked men with guns, trained for intense warfare at sea, boarding a ship in the dead of night, the IDF had dispatched an elite unit of conflict resolution specialists. Could the tragedy at sea been averted?
There will be those who argue that Jews owe Palestinians nothing in connection with the Nakba. Not true. At the very least, on Nakba Day and every other, Jews owe Palestinians what Jews demand of Palestinians.
Boycotts focus on arresting the most valuable yet vulnerable freedoms: freedom of thought. Like a cluster bomb, boycotts are not particularly surgical in its strike, instead reeking extensive collateral damage.
Since last week's fatal shooting of four settlers from the settlement of Beit Haggai, Palestinians in the area have been subjected to what the settlers call "price tag" reprisal attacks and repeated Israeli army incursions.
It won't be all smooth sailing, but economic progress on the West Bank may undercut those who advocate violence and confrontation, as more and more Palestinians and Israelis see a sliver of hope for the future.
My report does not investigate the events on board the Mavi Marmara. There are plenty of committees who will look into that. Instead, I focus on how the Israeli military used online tools to deliver its narrative of the events, to the global audience.
As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.