Daniel Estrin

Israel’s New Anti-Boycott Law Seen in Personal Terms

The Knesset’s recent vote outlawing any advocacy of a boycott of Israel or the occupied territories and Jewish settlements under its control is seen by some as a mortal threat to democracy. But there are others who see the law in more concrete terms: as a threat to themselves.

The Medium Is the Message: Palestinian artist Majd Abdel Hamid has painted on Israel?s security barrier a jumble of letters that, when unscrambled, spell out the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.

West Bank Security Barrier Draws Artists and Advertisers

What many Israelis see as a security barrier, and many Palestinians see as a prison wall, Majd Abdel Hamid sees as a blank canvas.

From Generation to Generation? Avinadav Begin (second from left) resembles his grandfather, Menachem (left). But David Axelrod (right) won?t permit his face to appear in print. Great-grandfather, Leon Trotsky, is to his left.

Falling Far From The Family Tree

If only Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky could see what has become of his great-grandson, David Axelrod.

West Bank Rabbi, Author of Terror Text, Arrested for Mosque Torching

Just a week after the Forward published a feature about a book by two West Bank settler rabbis discussing scenarios for Jews to kill non-Jewish babies and innocents with the supposed blessing of Jewish law, one of the rabbi-authors has been arrested in connection with the recent torching of a nearby mosque.

On the Shelf: The Pomeranz Bookseller in Jerusalem is among the bookstores that are selling copies of ?The King?s Torah.?

Rabbinic Text or Call to Terror?

The marble-patterned, hardcover book embossed with gold Hebrew letters looks like any other religious commentary you’d find in an Orthodox Judaica bookstore — but reads like a rabbinic instruction manual outlining acceptable scenarios for killing non-Jewish babies, children and adults.

Class in Session: Anthony David, left, an American historian and writer, teaches a first-year seminar. Student Duaa Faisal Ghatesheh, right, is from the al-Fawar refugee camp near Hebron.

A New College in Jerusalem Imports a Liberal Arts Education for Palestinians

As freshmen in Polo shirts and jeans shuffled out of Anthony David’s “Language and Thinking” seminar, the American historian and writer approached a Palestinian girl with long brown hair and black-and-white sneakers.

What?s In A Name? After ultra-nationalists painted over Arabic lettering on this Jerusalem street sign, a new group of vigilantes restored it.

Graffiti War Erupts Over Israel’s Road Signs

On a recent night in this ethnically divided city, an Israeli and two American Jews patrolled the streets, armed with a ladder, adhesive spray and a pile of handwritten placards. Every few minutes, they hopped out of the car, slapped a sticker onto a road sign and snapped a picture.

Literary Lesson: Authors, Poets Write the News

It was on an average Wednesday that a very serious Israeli newspaper conducted a very wild experiment. For one day, Haaretz editor-in-chief Dov Alfon sent most of his staff reporters home and sent 31 of Israel’s finest authors and poets to cover the day’s news.

Mixed Media: The artist Jo Milgrom in 1994, at work on a piece. Below: ?Marilyn Gets Religion,? left, and a manual typewriter-turned-mezuzah.

Your Trash, Her Treasure

On a recent afternoon, Jacob Milgrom pored over the Book of Ezekiel in his Jerusalem study. The 86-year-old, one of the foremost biblical scholars alive today, took slow breaths and carefully marked the Hebrew text in pencil.