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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inequality in Central Government Transfers to Municipalities

By Shlomo Swirski and Etty Konor-Attias While it is of no surprise that the government financial support for the Jewish settlements in the OPT, and especially for the non Haredi settlements, is generous than ever before, the budget allocated for peripheral development towns has shrunk during the years 1991-2012, while the budget for Arab localities […]

Fight Israeli poverty, not poverty statistics

By Shlomo Swirski and Noga Dagan-Buzaglo (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishei)  Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities The Alaluf Committee […]

Kicking the Neoliberal Habit

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey,  Edited by Ami Asher) After the 2008 global financial crisis, some of Israel’s neo-liberal fundamentalists sobered up from capitalist dogmatism and became ‘social.’ This led them to discovering Scandinavia, and lately they have been busy marketing a biased and union-free capitalist version of the ‘Nordic Model’ in Israel […]

Beyond the market and the state: Horizons for a new kind of public housing

Tomer Gardi and Sebastian Schipper (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) The choice between entrusting the right of people to a house either to the hands of a violent government or to capitalists is futile and dispiriting. But is it possible to free ourselves of this stranglehold? A conversation with Sebastian Schipper about a new […]

The answer to Israel’s education gap is in its own back yard

By Marcelo Weksler (translated from Hebrew by Rachel Beitarie) Instead of importing American experts, we need to listen to those who are already doing the work right here in Israel. And we need the establishment to start taking full and long-term responsibility for our society. On November 17 an article was published in Haaretz that […]

Blue or white collar, racism prevails in Israel’s job market

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishei) New research into discrimination in the Israeli employment market reinforces findings from previous studies: the resumes of Yuval Hershkowitz and Eden Almog are still going to generate far more consideration than those submitted by Yuval Amsalem and Waleed Houri. Yuval Hershkowitz, an Ashkenazi Jew, and Yuval […]

Dr. Karnit Flug’s, New Bank of Israel Governor, Dark Secret

By Assaf Oron The period of Israel’s history that by far saw the largest economic growth, more than any other, was the six years following the Six Day War. And what agricultural, industrial, or hi-tech breakthroughs took place around 1967-1973? None worthy of mention. More than any other single factor, it was the establishment of […]

Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect

Photo: Who Profits?

By Eness Elias, Rona Moran, Yara Saadi (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) Not only do the EU guidelines do very little to affect the occupation economy, they may also bestow legitimization on commercial activities that, despite supposedly taking place within the Green Line, yield huge occupation-born profits. Contrary to confused press reports, the new […]

Is ‘predatory theocracy’ actually threatening Tel Aviv?

By Hagai El-Ad A recent Supreme Court ruling dictated that Tel Aviv must shut down certain business during the Sabbath. The decision was met by an automatic response that framed the decision as a ruling in favor of a ‘predatory theocracy,’ instead of one in support of an ‘enlightened, free, and open’ society. But are these the […]

Profiting off war: A look into the world of Israeli arms dealing

By Eilat Maoz (Translated from Hebrew by Guy Eliav, edited by Ami Asher) War in Israel has become a constant source of profit, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip used as experimental sites for arms dealers backed up by intellectuals. These are the protagonists of ‘The Lab,’ a new film by Yotam Feldman. In […]

Turning Israel’s port workers into public enemy number one

By Yossi Edry (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) In May of this year, Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett devised a plan to replace port workers with IDF soldiers in the case of a strike. Not only did Bennett’s spin make for a dangerous contribution to the ongoing incitement campaign against port workers, it also […]

Thatcher’s Poll Tax Popping in for a Visit

Abraham Doron (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) According to the new budget proposal, housewives who work only in their household and are raising the next generation of workers, will be required to pay a Poll Tax. Today we were told that this appalling proposal will be removed from next year budget Among the edicts […]

Cheap commodities: Documenting the struggles of Israel’s cashiers

By Tahel Frosh (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld) Tahel Frosh weaves together acts of generosity and economic brutality, paper bags and plastic bags in a deconstruction of the new documentary ‘Super Women.’ *Translator’s Note – as the Hebrew differentiates between feminine and masculine in profession names, “Cashier” is always used here in the feminine. […]

Gas exports: Is the government with us, or against us?

By Ofer Sitbon (translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The High Court of Justice views petroleum and natural gas as ‘limited, non-renewable, publicly-owned resources.’ So how is it that our own government violates the basic rules of public policy? In a 2011 ruling handed down by the High Court of Justice (Bagatz 3734/11), Justice Miriam […]

Experts, Child Poverty, and Budget Cuts

By Itzik Saporta (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld, edited by Ami Asher) “Experts” claim that cutting child benefits will eventually result in reducing child poverty. They support this with an argument which may sound plausible to some, but – regrettably – has no bearing on reality. An essay on shoe-string theories Cutting child benefits […]

Reducing greenhouse gas won’t change a thing for Israel’s citizens

By Yossi Loss (Translated from Hebrew by Maya Naveh) If the Israeli government is concerned with climate change and its consequences, it must focus less on reducing Israel’s inconsequential greenhouse gas emissions, and more on preparing for the difficulties ahead. In Israel’s latest budget plan, the item dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been […]

An organic intellectual and social justice pioneer: A profile of Shlomo Swirski

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Aviel Lewis, edited by Ami Asher) A profile of one of the most influential people in the struggle for social justice in Israel. Although he was kept out of academia, perhaps it was for the better. Who knows how much we would have lost had he wasted his […]

The truth about the “Nordic Model”

By Ami Vatury (Translated from Hebrew by Rachel Beitarie) The reality of the Nordic economic model has little to do with the derisive way it is described by the The Marker or The Economist. One writer takes apart the right-wing business media’s analysis, revealing the truth behind the successful social democracies. “The Scandinavian model” found […]