The Tel Aviv Review

Living in Denial: A 21st-Century Story

Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris, a British sociologist and commentator, discusses his new book “Denial: The Unspeakable Truth.” It attempts to analyze the emergence and growing prevalence of denialism – a quasi-nihilist reflex that subsumed healthy skepticism and fact-based debate.

A Road to Forgiveness: How Societies Cope with Collective Trauma

How do societies recover from major violence and terrible injustice? How do they cope with collective trauma, perpetrators, guilt, and is there a road to forgiveness? Professor Ruti Teitel discusses her scholarly work on transitional justice.

On the Media: Public Broadcasting, Regulation and Press Freedom in Israel

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Media Reform Program and the Open Government Program at the Israel Democracy Institute, joins us to discuss media policy in Israel and the way government interference may infringe on the country’s relatively robust freedom of the press.

My Kingdom for a Constitution

Yedidia Stern is worried about disturbing the balance of a Jewish and democratic state, as the nation-state law threatens to do. He believes that Israel must be a Jewish state, but without a legal anchor for equality, society is in trouble.

Business and Human Rights: A Contradiction in Terms?

Can we reconcile between business development and safeguarding human rights? David Bilchitz, professor of law at the University of Johannesburg, proposes a legal framework to do just that in his new book, “Building a Treaty on Business and Human Rights”.

Live from the 2018 AIS Conference: The ‘Berkeley School’ Approach to Hebrew Literature

On this plenary session at the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, Prof. Chana Kronfeld, Dr. Yael Segalovitz, and host Gilad Halpern discuss the attempts to “de-ghettoize” Hebrew literature and study it in a broader and richer context.

The Survival of the Sentient: The Evolution of the Soul

Prof. Eva Jablonka, a philosopher of science at Tel Aviv University, discusses her forthcoming book “The Evolution of the Sensitive Soul”. Can we establish the development of conscience within the evolution process? And if so, how?

Quo Vadis, IDF?

The role of the IDF in Israeli life cannot be overstated, past and present. But the country, and the army, are changing. So are the missions Israel undertakes and the nature of warfare. Why is the famous people’s army seeing fewer and fewer Israelis turn up for the draft?

Bibi: The King is Alive, Long Live the King

Benjamin Netanyahu’s endurance as Prime Minister is matched only by his mystique. What lies behind his grip on Israeli society? How did he climb to the top, and what is the price of his long stay at the summit?

Occupation: The Law Gives and the Law Takes Away

Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers, chronicles the lives and legal struggles of people who fight Israel’s occupation policy with its very own legal tools.