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 […]

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 […]

Truth is the first casualty when war is declared

By Shaked Spier The recurring elements in the manipulation of public opinion and discourse in wartime also appeared during ‘Protective Edge.’ Shaked Spier brings you the Ten Truths, Ten Commandments and Ten Lies of war. The truth Several truths dominated the hegemonic discourse in Israel during and since “Protective Edge”: 1. Israel doesn’t want war, […]

Being a Mizrahi Jew, an Israeli and touching the Holocaust

By Batia Shimony The Israeli Holocaust discourse illustrates the — still — conflicted position of Mizrahi Jews in Israeli society. Perhaps we could design a Mizrahi identity that draws from the roots of its own unique history and not from that which is imposed upon it externally. A year ago on Holocaust Memorial Day I […]

How one Palestinian citizen challenged Israel’s ‘enemy state’ policy

By Salah Mohsen Majd Kayyal’s right to travel and participate in a conference in Beirut is far more important than his right to fulfill his role as a journalist. That right belongs to him as a human being, an Arab and a Palestinian who has absorbed the cultural richness of Lebanon’s capital. The release of […]

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 […]

Fantsy of Superiority: How the Israeli media pits Mizrahi Jews against asylum seekers

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Benno Karkabe, Shoshana Gabay and Dana Hadadi) Israeli journalists are doing nobody any favors by blaming the long-time Mizrahi residents for the plight of African asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv. So one must ask: why aren’t journalists actually holding the government accountable? May Golan is a young […]

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 […]

Eritrean asylum seekers: Caught between jail and death

By Philmon Razena This is the story of Philmon Razena, a 25-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker. Like the other tens of thousands of others, Philmon lives under constant threat of being jailed or deported by the Israeli authorities, while also being closely monitored by the Eritrean government, which terrifies Eritreans whether they are in Israel or elsewhere. Over […]

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 […]

Riches to rags to virtual riches: The journey of Jewish Arab singers

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Benno Karkabe, Noa Bar and Orna Meir-Stacey) Some of the most revered musicians from the Arab world moved to Israel in the 1950s and 60s, where they became manual laborers and their art was lost within a generation. Now, with the advent of YouTube, their masterpieces are getting […]

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 […]

The Yemenite Babies Affair: What if this was your child?

By Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber One of Israel’s most well known journalists casts doubt on one of the most tragic affairs in the country’s history. His conclusion, reached despite self-admitted ignorance on the topic, aligns perfectly with the way the Israeli media handled of Yemenite Baby Affair from day one – glossing over evidence and unquestioningly towing […]

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. […]

Paving the road for true multiculturalism on Israeli television

By Merav Alush Levron (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The ‘Eyal Golan is Calling You’ finale night was a brimming, pronounced and accented Mizrahi broadcast, paving the road for a true multiculturalism and change of viewing habits. Merav Alush Levron on the struggle she partook in to have the finale aired on Channel 2 (and […]

‘In this room there is no Islam’: The Shah’s ‘special relationship’ with Iran’s Israeli community

By Lior Sternfeld A new documentary tells about the lives the Israeli community living in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s. But will the film be enough to challenge the dominant Israeli narrative regarding the root of animosity between the two countries? It seems that the mechanisms of remembrance and forgetfulness worked perfectly in shaping the collective […]

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 […]

‘How can this monkey be talking about an ideology that developed in Europe?’

By Ron Cahlili (Translated from Hebrew by Orit Friedland) ‘We are progress and modernization, freedom and equality, ‘peace and love.’ And they, what are they?’ On the history of the painful relationship between the Israeli Left and Mizrahim. The common wisdom is that Mizrahim and the Left are like oil and water, and that the […]