Gal Beckerman

Gal Beckerman

Gal Beckerman is the Forward’s Opinion Editor. He was previously an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review where he wrote essays and media criticism. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Bookforum. Beckerman was also the New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post during the Lebanon War of 2006. He spent 2008 living in Berlin on an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. His history of the movement to free Jews from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry,” was published in the fall of 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone” was named the 2010 Jewish Book of the Year, receiving a National Jewish Book Award from the by Jewish Book Council. In 2012, he won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Contact Gal Beckerman at, or follow him on Twitter at @galbeckerman

66 Years of Israeli Voting in 1 Cool Graphic

If you want to see in one shot why many Israel observers are tearing their hair out in response to the country’s electoral process, feast your eyes on this amazing graphic.

France Was Dead Wrong To Ask Bibi To Stay Home

French President Francois Hollande shouldn’t have tried to keep Benjamin Netanyahu away from the Paris march, Gal Beckerman writes. If anyone had a right to be there, Bibi did.

Would Charlie Hebdo Have Angered So Many Online?

Charlie Hebdo, with its oversized format and huge cartoon cover, revels in print. Would its depictions of Mohammed have rankled so many in the Muslim world if they were online only?

Outspoken: Grossman at a demonstration calling for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on August 16 in Tel Aviv.

How David Grossman Grieves

In a conversation with Gal Beckerman, David Grossman opens up about his most recent novel, his sustained grieving process and a very tumultuous year for Israelis.

Immigrant Song: The Latvian-born Bezmozgis is currently working on a film of his story, ‘Natasha.’

For David Bezmozgis, Fiction Must Go Far Beneath the Surface

David Bezmozgis portrays the Soviet Jewish experience with restraint and detailed focus. His new novel explores fresh ways to approach the topic he knows so well.

Unthinking: Adolf Eichmann prepares for his trial in his Israeli cell in 1961.

Taking the Banality Out of Evil

A new book about Adolf Eichmann has undermined Hannah Arendt’s theory about how banal his evil really was. Gal Beckerman speaks with author Bettina Stangneth.

New Way To War: A foreign correspondent uses her phone after four Palestinian boys were killed by Israeli shelling in front of hotel where many reporters were staying.

Israel Has a New Worst Enemy — Twitter

Israel’s wars are always fought on two fronts — on the ground and in the battlefield of world opinion. Gal Beckerman explains how social media has changed all the rules.

Did Bibi's 'Vengeance' Tweets Provoke Violence?

In moments of crisis, leaders should speak carefully to avoid inflaming the public. Gal Beckerman asks if Benjamin Netanyahu failed that test by Tweeting calls for ‘vengeance.’

How Is This Wall Different? Pope Francis Cements an Icon

Pope Francis’ stop at the Israeli separation wall will be the enduring legacy of his Mideast journey, Gal Beckerman writes. So what does this newly-iconic image mean?