Israel

The “Symbolic Justice” Edition

We discuss 1) a proposed law that would make it illegal for unvaccinated kids to go to school 2) a study finding that the internet expands many of our traditional social divisions 3) the decisions of the President to pardon 70 convicts in honor of Israel’s 70th year

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Faded Green?

As local Israeli elections loom, are we seeing a decline in enthusiasm for Green Parties?

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Unsettled

Haaretz says all we need to do to implement a Two-State solution is to resettle 9,800 Jewish families. Have we overestimated how much Settlements are a barrier to peace?

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Avoidably Detained

The Shabak holds up journalist Peter Beinart at Ben Gurion Airport for a “cautionary conversation” about the perils of anti-Occupation activism. Are we sliding swiftly down a slippery slope?

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The “Cautionary Conversations” Edition

We discuss 1) the delaying of anti-Occupation activists at the airport for “cautionary conversations” 2) an article arguing that all it would take to implement a Two-State Solution is resettling 9,800 settler families 3) whether there’s a decline in enthusiasm for Green Parties.

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The “International” Edition

Twenty years ago, a week after Israel celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, a 26 year-old former drag-queen and trans woman won the world’s biggest song contest, The Eurovision. She also forever changed the way we Israelis see ourselves. In this very special edition, Noah tells her story, and explains why he thinks that in this moment of anxiety and dreadful Nation-State laws, Dana International represents the humane and decent Zionism so many of us long for.

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Living Small

Co-housing takes off in Israel, launching an age of what some call “Kibbutz 2.0.” Is this the result of an admirable embrace of communal values, or because young folks here are being crushed by the levers of capitalism?

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Primum Non Nocere

Nurses strike to keep from being punched, slapped and stabbed. How did our hospital wards and clinics become so damn violent?

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A Big, Beautiful Wall?

A huge 10 meter high concrete wall is being built along Israel’s northern border, to separate us from Lebanese and Syrians who might want to do us harm. Is the safety the wall affords worth the diplomatic, environmental, and spiritual price we pay for surrounding ourselves with ghetto walls?

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The “Big, Beautiful Wall” Edition

We discuss 1) the concrete wall being built along Israel’s northern border, to separate us from those who might want to do us harm 2) why our wards and clinics are so rife with violence, as nurses around the country went on strike, and 3) the swift rise of co-housing, which some people call “Kibbutz 2.0.”

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