Magazine article Tikkun

Next Year in Jerusalem, Daphna Golan-Agnon

Magazine article Tikkun

Next Year in Jerusalem, Daphna Golan-Agnon

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In Israeli activist circles, Daphna Golan-Agnon is a household name. The founder of the women's peace organization Bat Shalom and the co-founder of Israel's leading human rights NGO, B'Tselem, Golan-Agnon has dedicated her life to ending the Occupation and fighting inequality between Arabs and Jews. Next Year in Jerusalem is the first English-language translation of her 2002 Hebrew memoir about coming of age politically in the Israeli peace movement.

For progressive Jews who lament the decline of the Israeli Left over the course of the Al-Aksa Intifada, the sheer amount of work Golan-Agnon recounts--founding both Bat Shalom and B'Tselem and working for Israel's Ministry of Education--leaves one convinced that activists like her helped create a permanent institutional infrastructure that will serve a revitalized Israeli Left in the future. Examining the story of Golan-Agnon's political evolution--as the daughter of a former member of the Stern gang who herself entered politics as an anti-apartheid activist and went on to become an internationally recognized human rights advocate--only serves to reinforce this sense even further.

However, despite the optimism Next Year in Jerusalem imparts, like many Israelis of her generation, Golan-Agnon believed that when her children grew up, they wouldn't have to serve in the IDF the way she and her husband had. In a particularly heart-wrenching passage, she expresses her dismay at the arrival of her daughter's induction papers, telling the story of her mother's belief in the same thing a generation earlier, echoed in song after the Yom Kippur War. …

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