Joel Schalit


Who are the Palestinians?

By Joel Schalit

Who are the Palestinians?
As “Arabs,” Palestinians could be absorbed by any other Arab nation. The more we ignore their national identity, the more we delegitimize their struggle for independence, writes Joel Schalit.Read More


The Optimism of the Will

By Joel Schalit

The Optimism of the Will
‘It’s located on Rosa Luxemburg Straße,” she said, “Two blocks from Alexanderplatz. Just take the train, and I’ll meet you there.” Savoring the combination of literary brand names wrapped into that sentence, it all made sense to me. The invitation had been extended by an old friend I’d met through punk circles, in Lon-don, during the 1990s. She’d since moved back to Germany to get better social services for her children, both of whom are disabled. “You’ll love the burritos,” she said before hanging up the phone.Read More


Is Buchenwald Survivor's Israel Criticism 'Abnormal'?

By Joel Schalit

Is Buchenwald Survivor's Israel Criticism 'Abnormal'?
According to the Israeli government, the 93-year-old Buchenwald survivor is a liar. Decried by French embassy spokesperson Yaron Gamburg for spreading falsehoods about the Jewish state, Stéphane Hessel’s criticism of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians apparently does not correspond with reality. “It is a literary fad which will have no affect on the real world, a pseudo-intellectual phenomenon whose facts have not been verified,” an incensed Gamburg told The Jerusalem Post.Read More


The Egyptian Plumber and My ‘Eurabia’ Problem

By Joel Schalit

The Egyptian Plumber and My ‘Eurabia’ Problem
The toilet in my Milan apartment hadn’t worked for weeks. Standing outside the entrance to the bathroom, I listened to the sounds of the plumber applying his tools, speaking in hushed Arabic to his assistant. My wife had let them in while I’d been out walking our dogs.Read More


We Are All Simon Schama: The Threat of an Undefined Jew

By Joel Schalit

We Are All Simon Schama: The Threat of an Undefined Jew
It was the year’s biggest helping of humble pie. Less than a month after a heated takedown of Shlomo Sand’s “The Invention of the Jewish People” in the Financial Times, the very same reviewer, writing in Italy’s respected business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, offered the book qualified praise, calling it his book of the year. So distinct was this follow-up appraisal, it could have been written by a different person.Read More



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