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 […]

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 […]

Thatcher’s Poll Tax Popping in for a Visit

Abraham Doron (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) According to the new budget proposal, housewives who work only in their household and are raising the next generation of workers, will be required to pay a Poll Tax. Today we were told that this appalling proposal will be removed from next year budget Among the edicts […]