Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Bibi’s Legacy: Echoes of Neglect & Resilience

A man searches the trash in a garbage container in the center of Jerusalem. (illustrative photo by Nati
A man searches the trash in a garbage container in the center of Jerusalem. (illustrative photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Provoked by the subtle ironies and profound inquiries of my partner Abigail, I, a soul intricately woven into the multifaceted narratives of Israel and Brazil, delved into an exploration of the hidden tales within the Arab enclaves of Israel. This exploration, a meticulous dance between revelation and contemplation, intertwines the haunting reverberations of Brazil with the resilient stories of these marginalized regions, each a reflective surface portraying enduring spirits and relentless battles.

This journey, sparked by a seemingly innocuous query about the veiled violence in Arab cities, evolved into a symphonic interplay between the shadows of my homeland and the obscured corners of Israel. The scenes along Road 65, marked by the silent appeals of women and the desperate endeavors of children, mirrored the struggles within Brazil’s favelas and became the catalyst for this introspective odyssey.

The favelas, whispering tales of centuries of unhealed societal wounds and unfulfilled destinies, stand as living echoes of enslavement and neglect, drawing stark parallels with the clandestine struggles within Israel’s Arab territories. The harmonies of systemic injustice within Brazil resonate in sorrowful unity with the melodies of Israel’s marginalized, their intertwined echoes narrating sagas of unfulfilled dreams and unwavering resilience.

In Israel, the reverberations of a more profound, more ingrained discord are palpable, a discord that permeates beyond mere neglect and vibrates within my partially inhabited society. The shadows of covert confrontations reverberate immediate neglect and a prolonged, systematic marginalization, crafting a tapestry interlaced with deep-seated bias and seemingly orchestrated turmoil.

The Arab municipalities in Israel ensnared in a perpetual cycle of poverty and violence, stand as mute witnesses to the burgeoning of gangs and the rising sway of organized crime. These reverberations permeate structures like Umm al-Fahem, voicing the latent frustration and despair of a populace seemingly forsaken by the prevailing powers.

The governance of Netanyahu, accentuated by the echoing impacts of figures like Smotrich and Ben Gvir, has intensified layers of distrust and orchestrated turmoil within Arab communities, igniting a storm of alienation and conflict. The hesitancy to collaborate with Israeli authorities in Arab municipalities is a logical outcome in a milieu where bearing witness potentially renders one the ensuing victim.

This reflection intertwines the echoes of my homeland and Israel’s obscured enclaves, drawing eerie parallels with the symphonies of neglect within Brazil’s favelas. The harmonious echoes of resilience radiating from Israel’s Arab communities and Brazil’s favelas are poignant reminders of the universal symphony of human perseverance and the relentless quest for a world where every melody resonates with the rhythms of dignity and hope.

Addressing these interlaced symphonies of despair extends beyond the superficial enhancement of police visibility; it demands a meticulous reevaluation of governmental approaches and robust public policies to amend systemic inequalities and neglect. The international corridors often neglect these internal harmonies, overshadowing the resilience within these silenced communities leaving a legacy of sorrow and despair.

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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