A new Israeli law creating a legal distinction between Arabs of Christian and Muslim descent passes in the Knesset. Basing the categorisation and status of citizenship on religious and ethnic identifications creates systemic barriers to those citizens who are not deemed acceptable members of the state.
From an empirical-analytical point of view, what
has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died?
This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which
have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched
by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words)
this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the
human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that
recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.
Young photographers are risking their lives to show the outside world the reality of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, challenging military hegemony. Where mainstream media has lagged behind, social media has stepped in.
War is said to be too serious a business to be left to the
soldiers. By the same token, military history is too serious to be left to the
politicians. When politicians pontificate about the past it is rarely in the
disinterested pursuit of a complex truth.
extent, wittingly or otherwise, is the leader of Hizmet – a worldwide religious, social, and political
movement – part of a mechanism
aimed at destabilizing and perhaps overthrowing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkish government?
Israel/Palestine, former combatants are using the Theatre of the Oppressed to
move towards an end to the occupation. Recently London theatre group Cardboard Citizens invited a former Israeli officer to
share his experience of making theatre for peace.
Corruption and inequality in the Palestinian territories are a significant factor behind public scepticism and cynicism about economic plans. Palestinians are well aware of corruption in business, and their negative views are exacerbated by socioeconomic divisions.
As discussions of the pros and cons of the ASA boycott continue, a historic leader's life comes to an end. Efraim shares his experiences as an English teacher and farmer, and remembers when Ariel Sharon paid a visit to his home.
Sharon was the unilateralist par excellence. His main aim
when he came to power in 2001 was to eliminate the two-state solution and to
determine unilaterally the borders of Greater Israel. Five years later, he had
gone some way towards achieving this aim.
Aid to Palestine is essentially palliative, intended to maintain a status quo. From that vantage point, aid seems to be remarkably complicit with continued Israeli occupation. How can funders and recipients break the cycle?
This tragic historic clash - the product of centuries of virulent European antisemitism at home and rampant imperialism abroad, crowned by double or, in this case, treble dealings - is the root of the conflict. Almost everything else has been grafted on retrospectively.
Days after the Jordan, Israel and Palestine water agreement is signed, rain falls in abundance. Efraim shares his experience in the Negev and how he took advantage of the time spent in confinement to read "The Dictators Handbook".