The Digital Journalist
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 settlements.

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."