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 […]

Israel’s ‘backyards’: First south Tel Aviv, then Holot

By Shula Keshet (Translated from Hebrew by Michal Wertheimer Shimoni) So long as the fight for asylum seekers’ rights — which I have taken part in — remains blind to the fact that Mizrahi slums are the only places carrying the burden of supporting and integrating asylum seekers, any celebration of the High Court to […]

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 […]

Complicated justice: Must occupation be the litmus test for the Left?

By Ofer Sitbon While many remember Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, who passed earlier this month, for concluding that there is no occupation of the West Bank, Ofer Sitbon says we must see Levy as an activist judge with strong sense of justice for the underprivileged. Everyone had their own Edmund Levy. Since passing away […]

The tragedy of the lost Yemenite children: In the footsteps of the adoptees

By Shlomi Hatuka (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) Between the years 1948 and 1952, thousands of Yemenite babies, children of immigrants to the newly-founded State of Israel were allegedly taken away from their parents and given up for adoption to Ashkenazi families. Now, poet and activist Shlomi Hatuka goes back and speaks to the […]

Why I was transformed from a political dissident to a dangerous terrorist?

By Yoav Haifawi When Yoav Haifawi joined radical left organizations in Israel, he had no idea that the airport security services would begin searching him for explosives. A true story about the security services’ modus operandi. The following story is 100% true. It tells us a lot about the modus operandi of the security services, […]

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 […]

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 […]