Pascale with her two
sons, Amir and Issar, standing in front of the "security wall"
at Abu Dis in East Jerusalem. Pascale is French and Jewish, she is
married to a Palestinian. Her sons attend the French lycée in
Jerusalem but they live on the Arab side of the wall. Her husband
works as a laboror in Israel but he is considered "illegal"
since he does not have Jerusalem I.D. He comes home only once a week.
According to Pascale,
Israeli society has transformed since the second Intifada. Life in
Israel has become materially and spiritually impoverished. There is
less money for education and social aid due to the expense of
building the "security fence" and maintaining the
Although she is not
religious in the institutional sense, Pascal feels profoundly jewish
and she believes in God. "Okay, in my Jewish heart Hebron is
very important, but is it absolutely necessary in order for us to
live our spirituality to station 1500 soldiers there and harrass
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in order to protect a handful
of fanatic settlers?! The Judaism of the settlers is a Judaism of
idolatry," she says. She speaks of the humiliation and contempt
that Palestinians feel when they pass Israeli check-points. "We're
not yet like the Nazis, she says, we're in '33 with our racist laws
and apartheid system -- we're not yet in 1940."