"At the southern tip of Ajami was the gleaming headquarters of the Peres Center for Peace, a multimillion dollar outfit dedicated to promoting Jewish-Arab coexistence and dialogue. The center is named for Shimon Peres, a politician regarded in the West as a dovish Nobel Peace Prize-winner, but known by Palestinians and Lebanese citizens as the architect of countless brutal military operations like 1996's Operation Grapes of Wrath, which culminated with artillery strikes that killed 102 Lebanese women and children while they huddled in a UN bomb shelter at Qana. His outfit in Jaffa was a central cog in an effort to leverage the hundreds of millions of dollars that poured into Israel from Europe and the US after the Oslo Accords into institutionalizing the structure of the peace process. In recent years, the Peres Center focused its efforts on organizing joint Palestinian-Israeli soccer matches in European cities, particularly where activist efforts to divest from Israeli companies were gaining steam.
"In the view of Sami Shehadeh, a leading local activist and one of only a handful of Arab doctorate-level students at Tel Aviv University, the Peres Center's efforts were aimed at muting resistance to the state's discriminatory policies. 'Rich people from abroad are pumping money into these groups to promote coexistence. But the problem here is not coexistence,' Sami Shehadeh remarked to me. 'The problem is equal
coexistence. I mean, blacks and whites coexisted in the Jim Crow South, didn't they?'
"Designed by the renowned Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the Peres Center was built atop the entrance to a historic Muslim graveyard, and over vehement local opposition. Set beside the crumbling graveyard and amid rows of dilapidated homes, the futuristic, parallelepiped building seemed completely alien to its environment, as though it had been dropped in the heart of the crumbling Mediterranean ghetto by a spaceship from Planet Zargon. On the wall of a crumbling house across the street from the Peres Center, someone had spray-painted an arrow pointing north toward Tel Aviv. Below the arrow, the graffiti read, 'Europe, 2 KM.'"
--Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
"There could never really be justice on stolen land."
--KRS-One, "Sound of Da Police"