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Will Israel ever integrate its peoples?


acre.jpgStreet violence in the ancient port of Acre over the past few days has traumatised a town that has promoted itself as a multicultural tourist hotspot, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and rare model of integration between Israel’s Jewish majority and the Arabs who make up a fifth of the population.

It has provoked an outpouring of reflection on the place of Arabs within Israel, on the nature of Israel as a Jewish state and on its broader relations with the Arab world, not least with the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

The word “pogrom” hasĀ  been bandied by both sides after rioting broke out at the start of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.

A term for attacks on Jews in 19th and early 20th Russia – the kind of attacks that drove the Zionist push for a Jewish state in Palestine – it has been heard rather frequently here of late.