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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, […]

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 […]

Beitar Ilit. The greatest rate of growth in Israel during over the last two decades - 376%. Photo: Yonina (cc by)

Inequality in Central Government Transfers to Municipalities

By Shlomo Swirski and Etty Konor-Attias While it is of no surprise that the government financial support for the Jewish settlements in the OPT, and especially for the non Haredi settlements, is generous than ever before, the budget allocated for peripheral development towns has shrunk during the years 1991-2012, while the budget for Arab localities […]

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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 […]

Education Minister Shai Piron (Source: Yesh Atid/Wikimedia Commons) December 2, 2012

Kitsch, death and god at Israel’s Education Ministry

By Avner Ben-Amos (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The Israeli education minister’s letter to the graduating class of 2014 is evidence of the fact that Israeli education is little more than an ongoing IDF preparatory course A letter to the high school class of 2014 published by Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron in the […]

protective edge by numbers

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, […]

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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protective edge by numbers

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, […]

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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 […]

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Beitar Ilit. The greatest rate of growth in Israel during over the last two decades - 376%. Photo: Yonina (cc by)

Inequality in Central Government Transfers to Municipalities

By Shlomo Swirski and Etty Konor-Attias While it is of no surprise that the government financial support for the Jewish settlements in the OPT, and especially for the non Haredi settlements, is generous than ever before, the budget allocated for peripheral development towns has shrunk during the years 1991-2012, while the budget for Arab localities […]

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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

Education Minister Shai Piron (Source: Yesh Atid/Wikimedia Commons) December 2, 2012

Kitsch, death and god at Israel’s Education Ministry

By Avner Ben-Amos (Translated from Hebrew by Miriam Erez) The Israeli education minister’s letter to the graduating class of 2014 is evidence of the fact that Israeli education is little more than an ongoing IDF preparatory course A letter to the high school class of 2014 published by Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron in the […]

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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Economics

Beitar Ilit. The greatest rate of growth in Israel during over the last two decades - 376%. Photo: Yonina (cc by)

Inequality in Central Government Transfers to Municipalities

By Shlomo Swirski and Etty Konor-Attias While it is of no surprise that the government financial support for the Jewish settlements in the OPT, and especially for the non Haredi settlements, is generous than ever before, the budget allocated for peripheral development towns has shrunk during the years 1991-2012, while the budget for Arab localities […]

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Fight Israeli poverty, not poverty statistics

By Shlomo Swirski and Noga Dagan-Buzaglo (Translated from Hebrew by Noam Benishei)  Poverty in Israel is not the result of low social security transfers, it’s the result of low income. And the truth of the matter is that the issue of poverty is not high on the Israeli government’s list of priorities The Alaluf Committee […]

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