On the Border chronicles a radical political education in a time and place charged with idealism and danger. A Polish Frenchman and a rabbi's son, Michel Warschawski left for Israel at the age of sixteen to to study the Talmud, and eventually became one of the most renowned figures of the Israeli left.
Warschawski's involvement in radical politics led to inspiring alliances with Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Marxists. Yet as the border lines hardened, he became targeted by the Shin Bet, Israel's notorious intelligence agents. Finally arrested, incarcerated and interrogated for 20 days, Michel gives his readers an insider's view of the psychological and political pressures that Shin Bet brought to bear, even on Jews, and never lets you forget the severity of treatment that his Palestinian colleagues faced.
In touch with the Jewish diaspora, and inspired by a socialism without borders, the book mixes sharp analysis of the ongoing conflict with deep personal insight into the events of the last three decades. The lessons he draws from his experience on the border between Israel and Palestine should be instructive for all the places where cultures rub against each other for better and worse. Warschawski's perspective offers hope for the rich cultural and political exchange that these places offer their inhabitants, and hope for his adopted land.
Michel Warschawski is a veteran journalist and peace activist. He is the former director of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem. He is the author of books in Hebrew and Arabic and, in French including, Israel-Palestine (Textuel, 2001) and On the Border (Pluto, 2005).
Preface Introduction PART I The desert Interlude The discourse about the border 1. Border cities 2. David becomes Goliath 3. Preaching in the Wilderness 4. Socialism without borders 5. Against The Current 6. Smugglers 7. Encounters 8. Prisoners And Banished PART II Openings Interlude The two Rabbis 9. Earthquake 10. 'There is a limit!' 11. Together 12. No man's land 13. The Trial 14. The Settler of the Left PART III The internal borders Interlude M. Dankner and M. Shemesh 15. Separation at last? 16. Jews and Israelis 17. The Periphery Becomes The Center 18. Hallel's Prayer 19. Beyond Judea and Israel 20. Homecomings 21. Border Identities Index