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Ashkenazim looking down on Mizrahim – from the 60s and back to the 30s

In July 1962, a meeting between then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers, and the country’s teachers union descended into a volatile discussion on the divide between Jews of European origin – Ashkenazim – and Jews of Middle … Continue reading

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Just in time for Passover, Israel continues denying African asylum seekers their freedom

One night during the war last summer, I was sitting in a bar in Tel Aviv,  when a random guy sat down next to me and started up a conversation. He was from Haifa and had come down to Tel … Continue reading

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Stuff to read after Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher

Photoset: IN PICTURES: The world unites to condemn Paris attacks Click here for more photos: http://t.co/gkZUvKAfKT http://t.co/pepkTAJT9e — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) January 13, 2015 Thousands of words have been written and millions of tweets have been tweeted since the attacks in Paris … Continue reading

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Israel, 2014 in seven numbers (more or less)

2014 has been a long year. From ISIS to Ukraine to Boko Haram to Ebola, the year seems to have gone from bad to worse, and worse again. In Israel, we went from kidnapping and murder to war to lone … Continue reading

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‘Gender separation’ on flights: What happens in Saudi Arabia?

I spent most of the past week working on follow-ups to a story that hit the headlines last week: the El Al-ultra-Orthodox-seat-switching saga. In brief, for those who aren’t familiar with the story, Israeli carrier El Al Airlines is facing … Continue reading

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