How Jewish and Palestinian cultural artifacts became Israeli property

A new book looks at the ways in which ancient religious manuscripts belonging to Yemenite Jews, as well as thousands of books owned by Palestinians and Holocaust survivors became part of Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem.

Poverty kills: Survival and struggle in ‘the other Israel’

By Yael Cohen-Rimer (Translated by Yudit Ilany and Shaked Spier) She’s somewhere outside, the 13-year-old girl who was sent by welfare services to step over the dried blood at the building’s entrance floor. This blood reminds her of her mother, who jumped out of the front window about a week earlier. So far, no one from […]

What Egypt’s multicultural past teaches us about Israel’s present

By Ktsiaa Alon (Translated from Hebrew by Shaked Spier) Jacqueline Kahanoff’s novel, ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ strips ‘multiculturalism’ of its cold, academic veneer, displaying instead the reality of a Jewish, multicultural lifestyle. But the novel also directs a powerful question toward Israeli society: can the Arabs that live among us today ever live in Israel the same way […]

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, […]

After Abu Khdeir murder, an ugly collision of homophobia and racism

By Shaked Spier (Translated from Hebrew by Yossefa Mekyton and Shaked Spier) After Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burned to death, many Israeli Jews insisted he died at the hands of Palestinians. They seized on unfounded rumors of his alleged homosexuality rather than facing the truth of the horrible act. Alongside the pain, belligerence and anger, […]