Lisa Goldman is a contributing editor at New Lines. She reported on Israel-Palestine from 2000 to 2011, working for both domestic and international media outlets. She was a founding member of the team that launched +972 Magazine, which is now the leading independent media platform reporting from the region in English. She is currently based in Montreal.
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights lists freedom of movement as a basic human right. It is also one of the rights that governments and armies most frequently withhold or dole out as a privilege, with conditions attached. For some, those conditions — like permanent exile — are unacceptable.
As long as the war continues, the atmosphere of jingoistic nationalism, official incitement and a centrally directed campaign to repress dissent will poison the discourse and raise the risk of violent attacks on civilians.
Israelis were simultaneously building the infrastructure that reflected the prosperity and worldliness of the country’s tech-driven economy and deeply anxious about its uncertain future.