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On 50th Anniversary of His Trial, Eichmann’s Case Still Brands Israel

By Thane Rosenbaum

The Adolf Eichmann trial — its 50th anniversary is this month — endowed Israel with an altogether different national identity from the one it had so triumphantly achieved in 1948, writes Thane Rosenbaum.Read More


Prosperous but Unequal: OECD Report Spotlights Alarming Trend

By Nathan Jeffay

Israel’s ascension last May to the OECD — an organization made up of the world’s most prosperous economies — has shone a spotlight on inequality in the Jewish state, where poverty is almost twice the OECD average.Read More


Bieber Knocks ‘Em Dead in Tel Aviv

By Nathan Jeffay

Tel Aviv became Teen Aviv last night, as most of the adult population took cover and girls from across the country headed for Yarkon Park to see Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber.Read More


U.S. Report Details Rights Abuses

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

An annual report by the U.S. Department of State on human rights in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza paints a stark picture of human rights conditions among minority populations in Israel, and Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza.Read More


Tel Aviv Mayor Wants Illegal Immigrants To Feel at Home — Diplomats, Not So Much

By Nathan Jeffay

He’s the budget-conscious, business-friendly mayor of his country’s most cosmopolitan city. Amid a building boom that has transformed the city’s skyline, critics accuse him of abetting gentrification and pricing out lower-income residents. Meanwhile, at a time when concern over illegal immigrants is playing out in a big way on the national political stage, he has been a staunch defender of providing municipal services to this marginalized group. He’s also busy adding mile-upon-mile of bike lanes.Read More


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

By Mairav Zonszein

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.Read More


In Israeli Hospitals, Laughter Is Good Medicine

By Nathan Jeffay

Medical clowning, which aims to provide a modicum of levity to hospitalized patients, is on the rise in Israel — so much so that Haifa University recently launched a master’s degree program in the field.Read More


A Witness to Death in Jerusalem

By Ari L. Goldman

Journalism professor Ari L. Goldman was en route to Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate when a bomb went off at a Jerusalem bus stop nearby. He recounts what it was like to witness the attack.Read More


Is J Street a Threat? Not to Most Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay

In the three years since its founding, the dovish lobby J Street has become a household name across Jewish America. But ask Israelis about it, and they are more likely to think you are asking for directions to some thoroughfare they haven’t heard of.Read More


A Catholic Thinker Touched by Jerusalem and Its Mystical and Earthly Power

By Gal Beckerman

Jerusalem, a city that lives both in physical space and in the imagination, has always intrigued James Carroll. It is a place rooted in history, the foundation stone for the three monotheistic religions. But it is also an idea, an aspiration to perfection, the original city on the hill.Read More





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