Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli politicians, generals, and diplomats displayed a growing nervousness in anticipation of "September," i.e., the proclaimed Palestinian intention to seek a full United Nations Membership for the State of Palestine.
ADAM KELLER, born 1955 in Tel-Aviv, is at present the spokesperson of Gush Shalom, a grassroots movement against the occupation advocating for decades the creation of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. Founding editor of The Other Israel newsletter since 1983. He wrote the book Terrible Days—Social Divisions and Political Paradoxes in Israel. His political involvement started as a history student at Tel-Aviv University. From 1980-1983 he acted as spokesperson of the Shelly Peace Party and later of the Jewish-Arab Progressive List for Peace (1984-1988). In 1984 he was jailed for refusing to do military reserve service in Lebanon; in 1988 — for writing anti-occupation slogans on 117 army tanks; and in 1990 — for altogether refusing further military service in protest of the violation of Palestinian human rights. In 2002 his son Uri refused to become a soldier, and spent seven prison terms before being exempted.