Yazidi Refugee

Kurds Have No Friends But The Mountains

The Kurds are presented in the media as props in a play called “The militant Islamic violence and its horrors in the Middle East”, But the story of the Kurdish people is much more than part of a scenery or cannon fodder in ISIS’s exhibit of horror, and much more relevant to us Israelis. Idan […]

There’s just no such thing as appropriate “style” of sexual exploitation. It’s as simple as that. (Photo of Dan Ben Amotz, by Pinn Hans)

How (or how not) to fight rape culture?

By Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishie) The way to fight a culture that allows sexual exploitation is by calling out the problematic sides of the people we love and admire. Just don’t ditch that logic when watching a Polanski film. In the heat of the Eyal Golan scandal, in which the famous […]

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No such thing as ‘half-and-half': On mixed Mizrahi-Ashkenazi identity

By Itamar Toby (Taharlev) (Translated from Hebrew by Maayan Goldman) The melting pot’s favorite category, ‘mixed,’ doesn’t pass the test of reality: in Israel, banal characteristics like one’s last name, appearance and place of residence, continue to dictate one’s opportunities in life and create an ethnic identity, concerning both class and culture. On Talia Sagiv’s book […]

May 1, 2012 Goteborg. Photo: Socialdemokrater, cc by-nc-nd

Kicking the Neoliberal Habit

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey,  Edited by Ami Asher) After the 2008 global financial crisis, some of Israel’s neo-liberal fundamentalists sobered up from capitalist dogmatism and became ‘social.’ This led them to discovering Scandinavia, and lately they have been busy marketing a biased and union-free capitalist version of the ‘Nordic Model’ in Israel […]

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At the exiled Iranian Parliament in Berlin

By Mati Shemoelof (Translated from Hebrew by Chana Morgenstern) At the exiled Iranian parliament we convened at Café Kotti in Berlin, I look around at my new friends and ask myself: how can civilians destroy the walls the politicians have built with such a lack of imagination, courage, vision and basic human love? It’s not […]

A snapshot taken from the documentary "Teacher Irena" on a special teacher in an impoverished Jerusalem Mizrahi neighborhood

Pathologizing ethnicity: Are Mizrahim really more prone to violence?

A recent article claims that Mizrahim are more prone to violence because they suffer from higher rates of ADHD. But can one really make such sweeping statements about an entire demographic group without looking at the broader social context? By Marcelo Weksler (translated from Hebrew by Anat Goldman) On March 16, 2014, Dr. Shlomi Antebi, […]

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Being a Mizrahi Jew, an Israeli and touching the Holocaust

By Batia Shimony The Israeli Holocaust discourse illustrates the — still — conflicted position of Mizrahi Jews in Israeli society. Perhaps we could design a Mizrahi identity that draws from the roots of its own unique history and not from that which is imposed upon it externally. A year ago on Holocaust Memorial Day I […]

Mizrahiness

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No such thing as ‘half-and-half': On mixed Mizrahi-Ashkenazi identity

By Itamar Toby (Taharlev) (Translated from Hebrew by Maayan Goldman) The melting pot’s favorite category, ‘mixed,’ doesn’t pass the test of reality: in Israel, banal characteristics like one’s last name, appearance and place of residence, continue to dictate one’s opportunities in life and create an ethnic identity, concerning both class and culture. On Talia Sagiv’s book […]

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At the exiled Iranian Parliament in Berlin

By Mati Shemoelof (Translated from Hebrew by Chana Morgenstern) At the exiled Iranian parliament we convened at Café Kotti in Berlin, I look around at my new friends and ask myself: how can civilians destroy the walls the politicians have built with such a lack of imagination, courage, vision and basic human love? It’s not […]

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Feminism

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‘But you’re not really Mizrahi': Rewriting an erased identity

By Naama Katiee (Translated from Hebrew by Rachel Beitarie‏) In the face of repeated sexual harassment and offhand racist comments by friends and acquaintances, one writer turns her anger into a reformulation of her identity. Following Amnon Levy’s Hebrew TV documentary series “The Ethnic Demon” broadcasted on Israeli channel 10″. I’m about to finish high […]

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I wanted my body back

By Anonymous (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) While we all know that the day will come when our bodies will betray us, the near-certainty entailed in carrying the “wrong” gene renders the betrayal up-close and immediate, transforming one’s body into a disaster zone. And then there’s the comparison that’s always there, awaiting me at […]

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Media

Holocaust survivors arrive in Israel

Being a Mizrahi Jew, an Israeli and touching the Holocaust

By Batia Shimony The Israeli Holocaust discourse illustrates the — still — conflicted position of Mizrahi Jews in Israeli society. Perhaps we could design a Mizrahi identity that draws from the roots of its own unique history and not from that which is imposed upon it externally. A year ago on Holocaust Memorial Day I […]

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How one Palestinian citizen challenged Israel’s ‘enemy state’ policy

By Salah Mohsen Majd Kayyal’s right to travel and participate in a conference in Beirut is far more important than his right to fulfill his role as a journalist. That right belongs to him as a human being, an Arab and a Palestinian who has absorbed the cultural richness of Lebanon’s capital. The release of […]

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Politics

Destruction in Shajaiya, Gaza. 27 July 2014. Photo: Photo: Iyad al Baba/Oxfam, cc by-nc-nd

Every war, I lose more and more friends

Sometimes I fantasize about what would happen if I were to be declared a traitor by the authorities. How would those women with whom I’ve worked for so long react. Now I’m beginning to understand. By Ruti Lavie (Translated from Hebrew by Michal Wertheimer Shimoni) This week I unfriended another friend who reacted to my posts […]

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Culture

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At the exiled Iranian Parliament in Berlin

By Mati Shemoelof (Translated from Hebrew by Chana Morgenstern) At the exiled Iranian parliament we convened at Café Kotti in Berlin, I look around at my new friends and ask myself: how can civilians destroy the walls the politicians have built with such a lack of imagination, courage, vision and basic human love? It’s not […]

Holocaust survivors arrive in Israel

Being a Mizrahi Jew, an Israeli and touching the Holocaust

By Batia Shimony The Israeli Holocaust discourse illustrates the — still — conflicted position of Mizrahi Jews in Israeli society. Perhaps we could design a Mizrahi identity that draws from the roots of its own unique history and not from that which is imposed upon it externally. A year ago on Holocaust Memorial Day I […]

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Education

A snapshot taken from the documentary "Teacher Irena" on a special teacher in an impoverished Jerusalem Mizrahi neighborhood

Pathologizing ethnicity: Are Mizrahim really more prone to violence?

A recent article claims that Mizrahim are more prone to violence because they suffer from higher rates of ADHD. But can one really make such sweeping statements about an entire demographic group without looking at the broader social context? By Marcelo Weksler (translated from Hebrew by Anat Goldman) On March 16, 2014, Dr. Shlomi Antebi, […]

Demo against conscription of christian Palestinians to the IDF, Hebrew University. 29.4.14.

At Hebrew University, Arabic textbooks reflect a Zionist reality

Fadi Asleh (Translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman) At Hebrew University, the narratives in Arabic and Hebrew language textbooks glorify Zionism and blur out any sign of the occupation. The next step? Using force against Palestinian students who dare to protest that very narrative. Israeli Independence Day is also Palestinian Nakba Day. This is one […]

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Economics

May 1, 2012 Goteborg. Photo: Socialdemokrater, cc by-nc-nd

Kicking the Neoliberal Habit

By Yossi Dahan (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey,  Edited by Ami Asher) After the 2008 global financial crisis, some of Israel’s neo-liberal fundamentalists sobered up from capitalist dogmatism and became ‘social.’ This led them to discovering Scandinavia, and lately they have been busy marketing a biased and union-free capitalist version of the ‘Nordic Model’ in Israel […]

‘The city belongs to all.’ When the municipality builds new buildings, they are usually for the rich.

Beyond the market and the state: Horizons for a new kind of public housing

Tomer Gardi and Sebastian Schipper (Translated from Hebrew by Orna Meir-Stacey) The choice between entrusting the right of people to a house either to the hands of a violent government or to capitalists is futile and dispiriting. But is it possible to free ourselves of this stranglehold? A conversation with Sebastian Schipper about a new […]

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