Israel

Terror with a Tail!

The flaming kites lofted by Palestinians into Israel have caused tens of millions in damage and left wasted millions of square meters of fields, forests and settlements. But is it right to call them “terror kites”?

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The “Terror with a Tail!” Edition

We discuss 1) whether calling the flaming kites from Gaza “terror kites” distorts and cheapens the word “terror”, 2) the controversy over a musical featuring songs by Eyal Golan, accused of having consensual sex with underaged girls, and 3) whether we need “secular politics” that advance a “secular agenda” in Israel’s upcoming local elections.

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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.

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To the Class of 2018

Michael Chabon tells newly ordained Rabbis to end their fetishist obsession with keeping Jews Jews, and tells Israelis to stop their us-vs.-them exclusionary wall-building. Mightn’t he have a point?

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Messi Politics

Football great Lionel Messi and the Argentinian National Team cancel a friendly match against Israel after it was moved from Haifa to Jerusalem. Is this a turning point in Israeli attitudes about BDS?

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Cabel News

A Labor Party stalwart breaks ranks and says that some of the settlements should be annexed to Israel, as a first step to an eventual peace. His colleagues on the left call him nuts, but is he maybe nutty like a fox?

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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.

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The “Drawing Lines” Edition

We discuss 1) a plan to annex some settlement blocks and freeze others in West Bank as a unilateral step towards accommodation with the Palestinians 2) the Argentinian National Football team’s decision not to come play a match against Israel, and 3) Michael Chabon’s commencement address arguing in favor of intermarriage and against Zionism.

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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?

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The Sheep Goes Baaah, the Cow Goes Moooo, the Trident Missile Goes Whoosh-Boom!

Should the folks who sell us our trident missiles and F-35 stealth bombers be allowed to donate to us us the schools that shape our children (like so much plastic explosive)?

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