A column in today’s Canberra Times newspaper by journalist Jenna Price examines her own Jewish identity. She interviewed me yesterday about my work on Israel/Palestine:
Nearly 20 years ago, I interviewed a then young Jewish Australian author Antony Loewenstein about his new book My Israel Question. It was one of those books that really said everything I felt. Loewenstein, at that point, believed in a two-state solution. Now he has a new book, The Palestine Laboratory, and he says a two-state solution will never work. Israel and Palestine should be merged as one democratic nation.
As I’m interviewing him, I give a nervous laugh. Is he joking?
He is not.
Loewenstein lived in Israel for many years with his partner and has reported from Israel and Palestine since 2005. And his new book is a global investigation into the tools and technology Israel uses to monitor, surveil and subdue Palestinians. If only Israel kept that technology to itself. But no, it is exported and sold around the world. One example is Israeli company NSO’s Pegasus, spyware which infected mobile phones around the world (journalists, opposition politicians, activists among others), designed to allow others to see your every move.