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The Labor Zionist Youth Leader Behind Israel's Tent Protests

The Labor Zionist Youth Leader Behind Israel's Tent Protests

Calcalist, the Ynet-Yediot online business supplement, has an interesting interview with Pesach Hausfater, the Labor Zionist youth leader who’s described as the key organizational mind—some call him “the responsible adult in the room”—in the leadership of Israel’s current economic protest movement. His critique of Netanyahu’s economic policies is the most trenchant I’ve heard since the protests erupted, so I decided to translate it into English for your viewing pleasure.

Hausfater is the secretary-general of the Dror-Israel Movement, the young adult division and community organizing arm of Noar Oved ve-Lomed, the kibbutz-linked youth group that’s the Israeli affiliate of Habonim-Dror in the Diaspora. The Dror-Israel Movement consists of about 1,000 Noar Oved ve-Lomed post-army alumni, mostly in their 20s, who live in 60 urban communes around Israel, working as Noar Oved movement organizers and running after-school programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods for immigrant and minority youth.

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-Large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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