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 […]

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.

To fight police violence, address their racism

By Kher Albaz The killing of a young Bedouin man from Rahat and the death of another during the funeral have deepened the city’s lack of faith in the authorities. Only anti-racism education for police and young people alike can stop the landslide. The Or Commission, which investigated the shooting deaths of 13 Arab demonstrators […]

Seeking freedom for a rape victim who killed his attacker

By Naama Katiee (translated from Hebrew by Osnat Hadar) Criminal sanctions for rape in Israel amount to a few years in prison at best. Yonatan Heilo – an Ethiopian immigrant and rape victim who lives outside the Israeli consensus – decided to rescue himself in the most immediate and radical way from the no-man’s land […]