Mairav Zonszein

Fighting for Israeli Democracy Atop a Wedding Cake

A Jewish-born woman’s marriage to a Muslim man was met with crude protests in Israel. It is a bad sign for Israeli democracy that a court allowed such a demonstration, writes Mairav Zonszein.

Israeli Teacher May Lose Job Over 'Leftist' Views

An Israeli high school teacher faces dismissal following a student’s complaint that he expressed radical ‘leftist’ views — like saying that some IDF activities are immoral — in the classroom.

A Kind of Terror: A Palestinian woman holds onto at a destroyed olive trees in the northern West Bank village of Qarut on October 19, 2013.

Israel Must Stop Settler Violence

Violence by settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians is on the rise while the Israeli government does nothing. Mairav Zonszein thinks it’s time to name this problem as a serious impediment to peace.

Handshake to Hate — Caught on Video

It was almost a moving moment. Two children, a Jew and a Palestinian, lock hands in a gesture of peace. What happened next should break anyone’s heart.

You Can't Rebrand the Occupation

Israel can spend as much money as it likes on public relations or hasbara. None of it will work as long as the occupation of the Palestinian territories continues, Mairav Zonszein writes.

Fighting Back: Most Israelis have no idea what it?s like to live under occupation. So they shouldn?t judge how Palestinians fight back against the occupiers.

Israelis Who Don't Know Occupation Can't Preach to Palestinian Stone-Throwers

Some Israelis were angered by Amira Hass’s piece on Palestinian stone-throwing. But only those who have seen the occupation can understand those who resist it.

What Message? If Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat win the Oscar for best documentary, it will be a wake-up call to Israel from the world.

Oscars Message to Israel

‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘5 Broken Cameras’ both take aim at Israel. But the Academy Awards judges would send a very different message to Israel by choosing one over the other.

American Words, Israeli Songs

Israeli singer-songwriter Efrat Ben Zur’s new album is made up of songs composed to the poems of Emily Dickinson. The serendipitous combination is what makes it so captivating.

Who Is Underneath the Tent?

The passing in the Israeli Knesset of the anti-boycott law on July 11 now seems like a long-lost memory, overshadowed by the tent city protests that started just a few days later and have led to hundreds of thousands taking to the streets. It is no coincidence, however, that just days after the law was passed — which is effectively the government’s way of limiting what people can and cannot say and how they express opposition to government policies — a massive protest movement for “social justice” on a scale never seen before in Israel broke out across the country.

Slain: Juliano Mer-Khamis, pictured with Palestinian children at the theater he founded in the Jenin refugee camp, was murdered April 4 by unknown gunmen.

Juliano Mer-Khamis, Activist Who Lived in Two Worlds, Murdered in Jenin

Like his life and his work, Juliano Mer-Khamis’s funeral procession cut across boundaries: It made its way from Haifa, crossing an Israeli army checkpoint to stop in the West Bank Palestinian town of Jenin and ended up at Kibbutz Ramot Menashe in northern Israel, where the slain filmmaker and actor was laid to rest and where his mother and fellow activist Arna Mer is buried.