Analysis News
Visit our Hebrew site, "Local Call" , in partnership with Just Vision.

galatz

  • IDF radio commander: Don't call it the West Bank

    Yaron Deckel, who heads the third most popular radio station in Israel, orders his staff to refrain from using the term, saying it has been 'adopted by the Palestinians and the Left.' The commander of Israel's Army Radio has ordered his staff to refrain from using the term "West Bank" while on air. [tmwinpost] Yaron Deckel, who has served as the station commander since February 2012, sent a directive to his staff in which he said the decision was made since "West Bank" has been "adopted by Palestinians and the Left," instead ordering them to use the word "territories" ("shtachim") to…

    Read More... | 3 Comments
  • The Israeli Right still hasn't internalized that Palestinians exist

    Arabs are more present than ever in the Israeli public sphere, but attempts to marginalize them are growing at an even faster pace. A new law aimed at pushing Arab representatives out of the political system could wind up changing the rules of the game — in the worst possible way. The Knesset this week passed a law that will enable it to expel Arab MKs from their positions as elected representatives. The same day, a storm erupted over a program on Army Radio that examined a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Both events have one thing in common:…

    Read More... | 8 Comments
  • A song was born: The tale of a controversial tune

    Six or seven years ago, I was sitting in Tel Aviv's Cafe Ginzburg with a man I admire deeply. Mikhael Manekin was then, along with Yehuda Shaul, one of heads of Breaking the Silence. BTS was still a budding organization at the time, made up entirely of Israeli soldiers who participated in the occupation and sought to document and inform of its atrocities. The organization was expanding its activities. Manekin came to Tel Aviv to brainstorm on organizing tours for Israelis and foreigners in Hebron. "I would like to bring authors there," he told me. "I feel that authors have…

    Read More... | 2 Comments
  • The cultural meaning of occupation (Mati Shemoelof)

    Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories has continued for more than 40 years. While government policy toward the territories has gone through different phases over the past four decades, there has been no significant shift toward ending the occupation. How did the occupation and its administrators become so powerful?  Why there isn’t any strong opposition? There are a few factors that contribute toward the perpetuating of this situation. Israel uses a very strong philosophy that demonizes the Palestinians, lumping them all together as the enemy. Thus Israelis do not see the overall civilian toll of the blockade on Gaza, but…

    Read More... | 3 Comments