The Tel Aviv Review

Shifting Attitudes Towards Israel and Zionism

For South African Jews, support for Israel has ceased to be the one thing they can all agree upon. Three distinguished panelists debate the meaning, old and new, of engaging with Israel as South African Jews.

Private Eyes: Data, Metadata and Civil Rights

How did Israel, a country with the world’s most advanced surveillance technology and minimal restrictions on using it, end up with a citizenry who display almost none of the data-squeamishness of their American and European counterparts?

Portrait of an Artist as a Feisty Activist

Isn’t art always political, and when it is not, is it just bad art? And what is the role of art in shaping our political outlook, when the Israeli reality offers little escape from politics?

Ignorance is Bliss? Black Africans’ Attitudes Towards Jews

Dr Adam Mendelson discusses his trailblazing study that seeks to map out the attitudes and perceptions of Black South Africans towards Jewish people in three major urban areas in the country.

How Did a Palestinian Terrorist Become Israel’s National Heart-Throb?

How do you fight a war by becoming the enemy and still keep your identity? Who are the good guys who are the bad guys? As Season 2 hits Netflix, Avi Issacharoff, the co-creator of hit TV series “Fauda,” tells all.

Looking Back: Memories of an Anti-Apartheid Activist

“I never thought I’d go back to live in South Africa,” says Lorna Levy, a trade unionist and anti-Apartheid activist who spent decades in exile after being banned from her native South Africa. Lorna reflects on her almost accidental activism, starting in her student days in 1950s Johannesburg.

Everything You Knew about Israel’s Economy is Wrong

What does economic history have to do with a country’s national identity? In Israel’s case, a great deal. The myth of a socialist ideal morphing into a neo-liberal global powerhouse is captivating but contains far more complex processes, and many run contrary to the national self-image. Dr Arie Krampf explains.

Black Lives Matter: Identity Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Prof. Deborah Posel, a sociologist at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town, analyzes how racial tensions have played out in South Africa since the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us: Shas’ Post-Revolutionary Crisis

Yair Ettinger, a journalist and researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute explains the causes of Shas’s identity, leadership, and popularity woes, some resulting from and others coinciding with the death of its towering founder and spiritual father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in 2013.

The Other Goldene Medina: The History of South African Jewry

Milton Shain, emeritus professor of history at the University of Cape Town, specializing in the history of Jews and anti-Semitism in South Africa, tells the very different story of a Jewish settlement in the New World.