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An Election in Jerusalem

An Election in Jerusalem

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, A Palestinian community leader risks his life to run for a seat on Jerusalem’s city council. Plus: Curtis Sittenfeld at the grocery store; and Calvin Trillin, Super 8
The future of more than 5 million Palestinian refugees is now in question

The future of more than 5 million Palestinian refugees is now in question

With reports breaking on Thursday night in the Washington Post and New York Times, what has been the subject of hints and whispers in recent weeks has been all but confirmed: The Trump administration

Trump slashes funding from United Nations-Palestine fund, saves taxpayers hundreds of millions

The Trump administration announced Friday it is slashing all funding to a United Nations agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, calling the operation “irredeemably…
Jewish people are already planning to leave the UK because of Jeremy Corbyn

Jewish people are already planning to leave the UK because of Jeremy Corbyn

Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks says the majority of British jews are asking 'is this country safe to bring up our children?' in the wake of the Labour anti-Semitism row.

A Homeland in America

I am exhausted by Israel. My exhaustion isn’t much compared to the humiliation and oppression of the Palestinians, who have withstood the forced conversion of the occupied West Bank into a skein of

Fraught Relationship, Fated Bond

I grew up with a Disneyland version of Israel: It was a country that had truly been a land without people waiting for a people without a land. It was immaculately conceived after Zionist leaders

The Intersectional Jewish-American

In 1967, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) published a two-page spread in its Newsletter on “The Palestine Problem.” The group was in the midst of transitioning from being an

The Deep Sources of a Great Divide

The growing divergence of American Jews from Israel is actually composed of two different phenomena: on the one hand, there is anger towards Israel among a set of American Jewish elites, especially

Israel’s Prerogatives

The politics of Israel often produce unintended consequences in the Diaspora. Take the Nation-State law that was recently pushed by the government and narrowly approved in the Knesset. It is a law

The Perils of the Ultra-Orthodox Alliance

The weeks before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, breaks for summer recess are often a telling time. It’s when the government tries to cram through as many contentious yet politically

Don’t Give Up

For decades now, the Jewish communities in Israel and the U.S. have been drifting apart. While almost three-quarters of American Jews continue to vote Democratic and a majority identify as liberal,

What Israel Needs From American Jews

In my childhood, “American Jews” meant packages: Every couple of months I would go to the post office off Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square to pick up the parcel with U.S. stamps on it. My mother’s best

A Memoir of Disillusionment

My relationship with Israel started before I can remember. Growing up Orthodox, I started learning to read Hebrew at roughly the same time I started learning to read English, although my Hebrew had a

Who’s Afraid of Criticizing Israel?

This spring, in the brief, bruising epoch of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection and collapse as a network TV star, a vile photo emerged on the internet. It showed Barr, a red apron tied around her waist,

Two Ways of Being Jewish

A Diaspora Divided Twelve writers address the changing relationship between American Jews and Israel Joshua Cohen Israel's Season of Discontent Michael Koplow Fraught Relationship, Fated Bond Ruth
Iran State TV Reporter Participates in Vote Against Pro-Israel Labour MP, Films Event for Regime

Iran State TV Reporter Participates in Vote Against Pro-Israel Labour MP, Films Event for Regime

An employee of the Iranian regime's banned broadcaster Press TV was able to participate in and film a 'no confidence' vote against the MP who heads Labour Friends of Israel after joining her
Donald Trump’s administration closes Palestinian mission in Washington DC

Donald Trump’s administration closes Palestinian mission in Washington DC

The closure of the Palestinian Liberation Front office on Monday was blamed on the organization's failure to take 'steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel'
Crises of labour, language and behaviour. An interview with Jeremy Hutchison

Crises of labour, language and behaviour. An interview with Jeremy Hutchison

Hutchison's artworks include canvases involving BOTH an investment banker and an Occupy protestor, an exhibition orchestrated by members of the Sapporo Police Department, a video starring employees of
There’s a lot unsaid in the State Department statement about closing the Palestinian office in D.C.

There’s a lot unsaid in the State Department statement about closing the Palestinian office in D.C.

The U.S. State Department announced on Monday that it will shut down the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., saying the delegation had “not taken steps to advance
Trump Shutters the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission—and Middle East Peace

Trump Shutters the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission—and Middle East Peace

Robin Wright on the Trump Administration’s decision to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, a move that might kill any chance of an Israel-Palestine peace plan moving forward.