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 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 […]

Kitsch, death and god at Israel’s Education Ministry

By Avner Ben-Amos (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The Israeli education minister’s letter to the graduating class of 2014 is evidence of the fact that Israeli education is little more than an ongoing IDF preparatory course A letter to the high school class of 2014 published by Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron in the […]

Pathologizing ethnicity: Are Mizrahim really more prone to violence?

A recent article claims that Mizrahim are more prone to violence because they suffer from higher rates of ADHD. But can one really make such sweeping statements about an entire demographic group without looking at the broader social context? By Marcelo Weksler (translated from Hebrew by Anat Goldman) On March 16, 2014, Dr. Shlomi Antebi, […]

At Hebrew University, Arabic textbooks reflect a Zionist reality

Fadi Asleh (Translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman) At Hebrew University, the narratives in Arabic and Hebrew language textbooks glorify Zionism and blur out any sign of the occupation. The next step? Using force against Palestinian students who dare to protest that very narrative. Israeli Independence Day is also Palestinian Nakba Day. This is one […]

Palestinian incitement: Genuine problem or right-wing dream?

на русском By Yizhar Be’er (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) It’s not uncommon to hear Israeli leaders accuse the Palestinian Authority and its media outlets of inciting to violence against Israelis and Jews. But is it actually true? A closer examination of the evidence reveals that the habitual blaming of the Palestinian Authority is […]

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 […]

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 […]