The Promised Podcast

There Will Be Blood

In Israel, your HMO will check whether you are “ritually pure” if you want it.

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Write Makes Right?

Do we need more (or less) “activist journalism” that doesn’t just describe the world, but tries to change it?

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What’s the Matter with Kiryat Malachi?

A sociologist says Israeli “liberals” are the least tolerant group in the country, and folks call for his head on a pike.

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Pipe Dreams

Environmental activists say the government is a bunch of lying liars who lie to serve rich corporate overlords. Isn’t this just Trumpism, by another name?

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A Different Solidarity

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s decides to republish a memoir that made him cry, by an Iraqi-Israeli author about being forced out of Iraq and coming to Israel. This fragile, odd act raises the question: Is there another sort of politics that might lead to peace that we haven’t let ourselves see.

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Hang Together or Hang Separately?

Must all the parties on Israel’s left merge before the next election?

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The Decade Surveyed

What were the most important people, events and trends of Israel’s momentous, trying, eventful past decade?

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The Reparation, Palliation and Adjuration Rumination

For decades, once hapless immigrants to Israel from Yemen, Iraq and other Mid-eastern countries have said that, 70 years ago, their babies were taken and never returned. Some say that, until there is hard-and-fast evidence, these claims must be treated with suspicion. But shouldn’t we switch the default to trusting the victims?

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(Jewish) Might Makes Right?

A once-mild religious Zionist party joins forces with a far-far-right religious party. What’s this say about the soul and politics of religious Zionism today?

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Boys, Girls and Boys-and-Girls

Tel Aviv parents go ballistic when they learn their high-school kids are gender-segregated for a one-off meeting with visiting religious kids. Are they right to be so upset?

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