Small gods with big sticks at the unemployment office

By Yudit Ilany How is it that a civil servant’s whim, impression or impulse can shatter an entire family’s lives? Some people, pushed and pushed into the corner, can’t take it anymore When the Israeli Employment Service (the unemployment office) registers somebody as “uncooperative,” all social security payments are automatically suspended for two months. This […]

The language of death in Bat Yam’s Monument Square

By Eyal Sagi Bizjawi The nationalist machine tries to ‘sell’ city residents a story about honoring ‘defenders.’ But the latter respond: they are not defending anything anymore. They died and all that was left is a monument. The central square in Bat-Yam, my hometown, is known as “the matseva” (“the headstone” or “monument”). As a child […]