Down but not out: Can the Arab Spring (up)rise again?

By Yizhar Be’er (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez)   Three years after the Arab Spring, the youth of the revolution sound worried, fearful and fatigued. Yizhar Be’er reports from a regional gathering in Amman In December 2011, as the Arab Spring aroused sky-high expectations, I published my impressions of a conference organized by Mediterranean […]

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 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 […]

Fragmented testimonies: Shattering the rape taboo

By Michal Aviád (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) One after another, incident after incident, no two of which are alike, yet all linked by a painful silence, film director Michal Aviád shares the stories told to her by women after viewing her film ‘Invisible,’ and explains why it’s important to pass on these stories. […]

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 […]