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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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Poverty kills: Survival and struggle in ‘the other Israel’

By Yael Cohen-Rimer (Translated by Yudit Ilany and Shaked Spier) She’s somewhere outside, the 13-year-old girl who was sent by welfare services to step over the dried blood at the building’s entrance floor. This blood reminds her of her mother, who jumped out of the front window about a week earlier. So far, no one from […]

There’s just no such thing as appropriate “style” of sexual exploitation. It’s as simple as that. (Photo of Dan Ben Amotz, by Pinn Hans)

How (or how not) to fight rape culture?

By Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The way to fight a culture that allows sexual exploitation is by calling out the problematic sides of the people we love and admire. Just don’t ditch that logic when watching a Polanski film. In the heat of the Eyal Golan scandal, in which the famous […]

Protesters hold vigil for the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo, Strasbourg, France, January 7, 2015. (photo: Claude TRUONG-NGOC CC BY-SA 3.0)

France must not push Muslims into the arms of extremists

By Yossi Dahan The terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket were well-trained, spoke French and knew their actions would play into the hands of France’s Islamophobic right. Let’s not give them what they’re after. As Israel’s news outlets covered the terrorist attacks in Paris, we watched how our analysts and correspondence suddenly […]

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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The Commemorative Rally for Yitzhak Rabin Played Directly into the Hands of the Right Wing

The commemorative rally for Yitzhak Rabin united Left and Right under a canopy of empty slogans promoting peace and non-violence, and, for all intents and purposes, reinforced the status quo of Peace with Occupation, without raising even one difficult question

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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Israel’s ultimatum to refugees: Indefinite detention or danger

An Israeli court upholds the government’s policy of indefinitely imprisoning African asylum if they don’t agree to ‘voluntary deportation’ to third countries with no legal status. The xenophobia driving Israel’s policy is top-down, but there is another way. By Anat Ovadia-Rosner (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The Be’er Sheva District Court rejected a petition filed by […]

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The Commemorative Rally for Yitzhak Rabin Played Directly into the Hands of the Right Wing

The commemorative rally for Yitzhak Rabin united Left and Right under a canopy of empty slogans promoting peace and non-violence, and, for all intents and purposes, reinforced the status quo of Peace with Occupation, without raising even one difficult question

"Voluntary Deportation": Taken from thefacebook page of Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

Israel’s ultimatum to refugees: Indefinite detention or danger

An Israeli court upholds the government’s policy of indefinitely imprisoning African asylum if they don’t agree to ‘voluntary deportation’ to third countries with no legal status. The xenophobia driving Israel’s policy is top-down, but there is another way. By Anat Ovadia-Rosner (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The Be’er Sheva District Court rejected a petition filed by […]

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‘But you’re not really Mizrahi’: Rewriting an erased identity

By Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Rachel Beitarie‏) In the face of repeated sexual harassment and offhand racist comments by friends and acquaintances, one writer turns her anger into a reformulation of her identity. Following Amnon Levy’s Hebrew TV documentary series “The Ethnic Demon” broadcasted on Israeli channel 10″. I’m about to finish high […]

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I wanted my body back

By Anonymous (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) While we all know that the day will come when our bodies will betray us, the near-certainty entailed in carrying the “wrong” gene renders the betrayal up-close and immediate, transforming one’s body into a disaster zone. And then there’s the comparison that’s always there, awaiting me at […]

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Protesters hold vigil for the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo, Strasbourg, France, January 7, 2015. (photo: Claude TRUONG-NGOC CC BY-SA 3.0)

France must not push Muslims into the arms of extremists

By Yossi Dahan The terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket were well-trained, spoke French and knew their actions would play into the hands of France’s Islamophobic right. Let’s not give them what they’re after. As Israel’s news outlets covered the terrorist attacks in Paris, we watched how our analysts and correspondence suddenly […]

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Going rogue: How the Ministry of Finance plays by its own rules

By Hagai Kalai When it comes to getting its way, the Finance Ministry will go to no end to force other governmental bodies to bend to its will Like public authorities in Israel, the Ministry of Finance aims to promote public interest to the best of its understanding. However, like all public authorities, the ministry […]

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

The reading room in Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem. (photo: Assaf Pinchuk/CC BY 3.0)

How Jewish and Palestinian cultural artifacts became Israeli property

A new book looks at the ways in which ancient religious manuscripts belonging to Yemenite Jews, as well as thousands of books owned by Palestinians and Holocaust survivors became part of Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem.

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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What Egypt’s multicultural past teaches us about Israel’s present

By Ktsiaa Alon (Translated from Hebrew by Shaked Spier) Jacqueline Kahanoff’s novel, ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ strips ‘multiculturalism’ of its cold, academic veneer, displaying instead the reality of a Jewish, multicultural lifestyle. But the novel also directs a powerful question toward Israeli society: can the Arabs that live among us today ever live in Israel the same way […]

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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The trauma and tragedy of Israel’s vocational education system

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Alan Horowitz) Across the board, the achievements of vocational school graduates are significantly lower than those of non-vocational high school graduates. What is needed is equality. Nothing more, nothing less Before surrendering to the vision of Stef Wertheimer, Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Shay Piron and the vocational […]

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A new children’s book offers hope for a shared future

The children’s book Sweet Tea with Mint and Other Stories spreads hope that a different future is possible, one shared by both Jews and Arabs. In this way, its unique perspective differentiates it from other children’s books in Israel. Marcelo Weksler The first time I was introduced to the children’s stories in Sweet Tea With […]

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The Commemorative Rally for Yitzhak Rabin Played Directly into the Hands of the Right Wing

The commemorative rally for Yitzhak Rabin united Left and Right under a canopy of empty slogans promoting peace and non-violence, and, for all intents and purposes, reinforced the status quo of Peace with Occupation, without raising even one difficult question

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Poverty kills: Survival and struggle in ‘the other Israel’

By Yael Cohen-Rimer (Translated by Yudit Ilany and Shaked Spier) She’s somewhere outside, the 13-year-old girl who was sent by welfare services to step over the dried blood at the building’s entrance floor. This blood reminds her of her mother, who jumped out of the front window about a week earlier. So far, no one from […]

The water is shut off, the electricity is still running. This is how you get the laundry machine to work with no running water, Jaffa, September 2014. (Photo by Yudit Ilany)

Small gods with big sticks at the unemployment office

By Yudit Ilany How is it that a civil servant’s whim, impression or impulse can shatter an entire family’s lives? Some people, pushed and pushed into the corner, can’t take it anymore When the Israeli Employment Service (the unemployment office) registers somebody as “uncooperative,” all social security payments are automatically suspended for two months. This […]

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