Final Words

On the day we were preparing our manuscript for delivery to the publisher, two stories ran in the English edition of Haaretz, Israel’s newspaper of record. One headline read “Police call Ethiopian-Israeli activists with ‘friendly warning’ ahead of demonstration,” while the other, “Indictment against Rabbis for Human Rights dropped,” told of the aftermath of a legal procedure against social activists protesting an “evacuation of the unauthorized Bedouin village of Al-Arakib near Rahat in the northern Negev,” which took place in September 2014. It was just another spring morning in Israel of the second decade of the twenty-first century. People went to work, the hi-tech industry was booming, and mobile smartphones were buzzing, yet the voices of the voiceless were still bothering the authorities, who continued in their efforts to silence them.


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