If people in the West—including policymakers and self-styled experts—paid more attention to the videos and articles published by MEMRI, an organization that translates publications and other media from the Middle East and Russia, and collates information about anti-Semites and neo-Nazis in the West, they might find themselves less surprised by events like those of last weekend. But for a more general overview of Gaza’s history over the past 60 years, and a judicious analysis of the present situation, I recommend Dan Senor’s interview with the Mosaic contributor Jonathan Schanzer on the Call Me Back podcast.
Among much else, I learned from this conversation of a time when Israel actually occupied the Gaza Strip, commerce and movement between the territory and the rest of Israel were easy and frequent, and Jews raised in Arab lands regularly visited to experience familiar sights and smells, hear and speak their native language, and the like. Then a power struggle between Palestinian factions unleashed a wave of anti-Jewish violence, and everything changed. (Audio, 58 minutes.)