Daphna Baram

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Full name: Daphna Baram

Area of interest: Israel and Palestine

Journals/Organisation: Various, incl. The Guardian, New Statesman, Independent, Jewish Quarterly, Ha'aretz and Yediot

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Career: Daphna Baram was born in Jerusalem in 1970. She served in the Israeli army as a teacher for two years. She graduated with a law degree from the Hebrew University in 1995 and became a member of the Israeli Bar Assiciation 1996. She worked for 5 years (1992-1996) with Lea Tzemel, the human rights lawyer, mainly representing Palestinians in military courts in the occupied territories. She was (1996-1997) the editor of Mitsad Sheni ("On the other hand"), a Hebrew-language political magazine published by the Alternative Information Centre -- which also published the English-language News from Within. She worked in the Jerusalem-based weekly Kol Ha'ir for 5 years, as feature writer, commentator and News Editor. She was a fellow of the Reuters Foundation Programme at Green College in Oxford (October 2002-April 2003) and then a Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford (June 2003-April 2004) a period in which she wrote Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel.

She is a daughter of Haim Baram. In the 1950s, her grandfather, Moshe Baram (1911-1986), was head of the Jerusalem Workers' Council; he also served as a cabinet minister in Yitzhak Rabin's first government.

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Description: A fascinating insight into the 60 problematic years following the birth of an independent Israeli state, a dream that was to become a nightmare for the Indigenous Arabs; this is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish national movement, Israel and Palestine

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  • Madonna's Kabbalah-lite - Madonna's column on Kabbalah will chime with devotees of Israel's new-age trends – but it has little to do with Judaism - 1st August 2009
  • My heartstopping moment - As I had a heart attack outside Fitness First, no one at the gym was in the least bit interested because I wasn't inside at the time - 24th June 2009
  • The Knesset: many parties, one mind - Intransigence, expansionism, racism and warmongering now seem to be the consensus across Israeli politics - 26th March 2009
  • It's time to rethink Zionism - The desire for ethnic purity that drove out Palestinians and bars the way to democracy in Israel is the rotten fruit of an old debate - 17th February 2009

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