This is not the Israel I grew to know

By Neheda Barakat
Updated June 11 2020 - 1:35am, first published June 10 2020 - 6:30pm
Israelis in Tel Aviv demonstrate against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to his upcoming trial for corruption while keeping two metres apart. Picture: Getty Images

It has been over a decade since I landed in Israel for a journalism project in the Palestinian territories, sponsored by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) - a US State Department-funded program designed to foster democracy, education and female empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa. At the time, MEPI funded more than 350 programs in 14 countries. As far as I was aware, the journalism project I was assigned to was the only one in the Palestinian territories.



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