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 […]

Memorial Day: An open letter to Israel’s defense minister from a bereaved brother

By Lior Ben Eliahu (Translated from Hebrew by Edo Eliezer Konrad) Every year, the defense minister sends a letter to bereaved families, reminding them that the death of their loved ones did not happen in vain. Today, as Israel marks Memorial Day, the brother of Tamar Ben Eliahu, who was killed in a Jerusalem bus bombing […]

The military face behind the Prawer Plan’s civilian mask

By Avner Ben-Amos (Translated from Hebrew by Mairav Zonszein) ‘The Bedouin will not live on his land with his flock, but rather will be part of the urban class that comes  in the afternoon and puts on his slippers,’ Moshe Dayan said in 1963. In the 50 years since, not much has changed regarding Israel’s […]

Ramadan entry permits: The battle for hearts and minds

By Fady Asleh (Translated from Hebrew by Michael Omer-Man) The Palestinian, in whose head is an engraved image of the lands that were torn away from him, now faces an entirely different picture. Haifa of today is not the Haifa of Al-Shrak Cafe or the 1920s and 30s capital of Palestinian culture. An entry permit […]

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 […]

Europe’s leaders speak out on Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children

By Galit Saporta (Edited by Ami Asher) While the Israeli public and media failed to take any significant notice of a recent UN report criticizing Israel’s policy on children’s arrests and detention, some European officials and NGOs are speaking out about the abuses. It seems that yet another report, this time from the UN Committee […]