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 […]

Experts, Child Poverty, and Budget Cuts

By Itzik Saporta (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld, edited by Ami Asher) “Experts” claim that cutting child benefits will eventually result in reducing child poverty. They support this with an argument which may sound plausible to some, but – regrettably – has no bearing on reality. An essay on shoe-string theories Cutting child benefits […]

An organic intellectual and social justice pioneer: A profile of Shlomo Swirski

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Aviel Lewis, edited by Ami Asher) A profile of one of the most influential people in the struggle for social justice in Israel. Although he was kept out of academia, perhaps it was for the better. Who knows how much we would have lost had he wasted his […]