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

Reflections & Change: The Israeli-Palestinian Journey

Last night, while out walking my dog, Caju, I was deeply engrossed in the discussions of the Israel Policy pod. The insights from Israel Piekarsh and Neri Zilber prompted a deep introspection and led me to the Anahnu organization.

During my formative years, I staunchly identified with leftist ideologies, a sentiment cultivated during my adolescence in Brazil. I held the Israeli left in high esteem. However, with the progression of time and accumulating experiences, I began to discern the multifaceted nature of the ideologies I once revered. It dawned on me that we, on occasion, inadvertently found ourselves in the position of oppressors vis-à-vis the Palestinians.

A valuable lesson I acquired from a colleague in advertising back in Brazil was the significance of not being too attached or “married” to one’s ideas. This philosophy encourages adaptability and openness to evolving perspectives, a mindset that has profoundly influenced my understanding of complex geopolitical issues.

Drawing from my vantage point as an immigrant from a colonized nation, I’ve often approached the settler movement in the territories with a measured perspective, aiming to grasp the full spectrum of its implications and including the diverse voices and narratives involved. However, Anahnu’s initiatives have illuminated pathways towards understanding, evoking hope amidst the complexities.

The Israeli-Palestinian narrative extends beyond territorial boundaries, encapsulating a confluence of diverse histories, cultures, and identities. Israel’s dynamics, shaped by a myriad of socio-political influences, often amplify these intrinsic tensions. Anahnu’s interventions seek to reorient this trajectory, fostering dialogues that bridge divides and promote inclusivity.

They advocate for a critical reassessment of the constitutional framework, underpinned by principles of mutual respect and inclusivity. Their mission resonates with the essence of holistic engagement, where every voice and every narrative finds representation.

For those eager to delve deeper and effect tangible change, Anahnu emerges as a beacon of hope. As we traverse this intricate terrain, the onus is on us to champion collaborative endeavors and mutual understanding. The journey towards harmonious coexistence is challenging, but with collective effort, it’s attainable. Let’s embark on this transformative journey with renewed vigor and purpose.

Drawing inspiration from Mario Quintana’s poetic reflections on time, we’re gently reminded of its impermanence. Quintana captures the essence of fleeting moments, emphasizing the importance of embracing the present. He beckons us to seize the day, reminding us that “Life is made of choices. To live every hour is to delay the true journey.” The nuances of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and our ever-evolving beliefs echo Quintana’s portrayal of time’s fluidity. Guided by this wisdom, let’s move forward with an urgency of purpose, recognizing each moment as an opportunity for understanding and unity.

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.