Israel Can Do Better: A 70-Year Report Card of Environmental Underachievement

Alon Tal

Despite showing huge early promise, Israel's environmental record is hugely disappointing. With the added threat of global warming, substantial action is needed.

Exile: Portraits of the Jewish Diaspora

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

An excerpt from a new book examining some of the lesser-known Jewish communities around the world.

When Home Becomes a Foreign Land: Raja Shehadeh and Palestinian Freedom of Movement

Khaled Diab

Raja Shehadeh's new memoir opens up the world of Palestinian exile, both physical and metaphysical.

Our Men in Al Sham: An Interview with Seth Frantzman and Jonathan Spyer

Samuel Thrope

An interview with Seth Frantzman and Jonathan Spyer about their experiences reporting from Syria and Iraq.

Israeli Dance after Gaga

Dana Mills

Israeli dance is known mainly for the Batsheva Dance Company and Gaga, the movement language developed by its most famous offspring, Ohad Naharin. But many other performers and styles, no less intriguing, have grown in their shadow.

Three Case Studies of the War in Palestine in 1948

Yoav Gelber

A review of three controversial events and processes during the war in 1948: Deir Yassin, the battle for Kastel, and Jewish refugees.

An Army of Letters

Tal Kra-Oz

Two new books look into Israel's military-literary complex. The authors, literary scholars at Tel Aviv University, share an irreverent reverence for the subject matter.

From Homeland to Birthplace

Leon Wiener Dow

Showcasing his exceptional talent for blurring the boundary between fact and fiction, Philip Roth's Operation Shylock and The Plot Against America offer a unique reflection on Israel and the Jewish-American situation.

Towards the East an Eye Gazes

Meron Medzini

From its genesis, Zionism sought the favor of Western powers and was virtually uninterested in Asian nations. Three new books look at the exceptions that confirm the rule.

Sick of Himself? Sayed Kashua’s Track Changes

Elaine Margolin

In his new novel, Sayed Kashua seems trapped between the past and the future he seems strangely hesitant to describe.

Israel’s Very Own ‘Illiberal Democracy’

David N. Myers

Zionism is rightly celebrated as a democratic movement, but the liberal element in it has often been sidelined and contested. Netanyahu's authoritarian tendencies seem to echo global trends, but in fact they tell a very local story as well.

My Grandfather's House

Amir Mahmoud Jabarin

The fascinating story of an Ottoman-era house in Umm al-Fahm and what it tells us about the history of Palestinian architecture.

A Life in a Poem

David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg's literary memoir, a Guggenheim Fellowship project just published in the UK, includes this excerpt from the period when he lived in Israel, working as an editor for Hakibbutz Hameuchad publisher and the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature.

Silence is Golden