The Tel Aviv Review

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.

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?