Lisa Goldman


Feel-Good Stories Obscure Ugly Mideast Truths

By Lisa Goldman

Feel-Good Stories Obscure Ugly Mideast Truths
Israel does good things and is certainly not shy about telling the world about them. Its goal is to keep us from thinking about enduring ugly truths.Read More


Don't Worry About Egyptian Bigotry

By Lisa Goldman

Don't Worry About Egyptian Bigotry
Jews don’t have as much to worry about Egypt’s Arab Spring as one might think. Anti-Semitism festered under Mubarak’s dictatorship and may fade in a more democratic system.Read More


Now It Is Told: An Israeli Story Of Secrecy and Censorship

By Lisa Goldman

Now It Is Told: An Israeli Story Of Secrecy and Censorship
The story on page one of Israel’s largest daily formed a graphic that was a conversation stopper: columns of print that looked like a series of vertical piano keyboards with thick, irregularly spaced black keys, and a large headline that read, “Israel’s Censorship Scandal.”Read More


Slouching in Bethlehem

By Lisa Goldman

Slouching in Bethlehem
An hour into Mahmoud Abbas’s address to the 2,000-odd delegates at the Sixth Fatah Congress in Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority president showed no sign of wrapping things up. The audience, chain-smoking, chatting and occasionally applauding with dubious enthusiasm, seemed to be channeling elements of a Soviet Congress and a Che Guevara fan club reunion. A smiling woman moved around the auditorium, reaching into a huge plastic bag to hand out kaffiyehs decorated with the colors of the Palestinian flag. They bore a label that read, in Hebrew, “Made in China, imported by the Palestinian Authority.”Read More


Diplomats Don’t Eat Treyf, and Other Issues

By Lisa Goldman

Diplomats Don’t Eat Treyf, and Other Issues
It was during a midnight repast of shrimp couscous at a gay bar in Tel Aviv that I discovered Israel’s Foreign Ministry does not reimburse diplomatic staff for non-kosher, work-related meals in Israel. But that was just the beginning of my problems.Read More






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