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History, Racism, and Identity Politics in Israel: A response to Open Zion

A recent Open Zion article titled, “Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens,” does a disservice to both the African and Israeli residents of Tel Aviv’s poorest neighborhoods. Tel Aviv’s school system, like the city itself, has been unofficially … Continue reading

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Taking a gap year between high school and college, I found myself going back to school

I. Taking a gap year between high school and college, I found myself going back to school. It was an unbearably humid day early this past fall. The walk there was hotter than I thought it would be. Puddles from … Continue reading

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We’ve known for a while that capitalism is depressing, but now we know it isn’t just hurting us: it’s hurting our kids, too.

Volunteering with the children of migrant workers, I get to see the human side of the grinding, global capitalist engine – the unceasing movement of labor and capital and the power of creative destruction. In Israel, the boom in the … Continue reading

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The Violence of Everyday Life

Tel Aviv is like an island: surrounded by turmoil and strife yet detached from the violence of everyday life in Israel and the Occupied Territories. But if you stand on the beach in Tel Aviv, sometimes in the morning, sometimes … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Central Bus Station

The area of South Tel Aviv, particularly the neighborhoods of Shapira and Neve Sha’anan, is considered one of the poorest and more dangerous parts of Israel. Today it is inhabited by thousands of migrant workers and refugees from the global … Continue reading

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Breakfast

“What are you doing up so early,” she asked. She played with her ponytail, her eyes focused down at the table. “It’s too hot. I couldn’t sleep,” I said. It was before seven, and I’d already been awake and sweating … Continue reading

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First Post from Israel: On the Plane, then Off the Plane

Forget Birthright: you don’t need to actually send young Jews to Israel. Just have them sit on a plane – it doesn’t necessarily need to go  anywhere – and tell them it’s destined for Ben Gurion Airport. Make them sit … Continue reading

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