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Manuel Trajtenberg

  • In response to damning housing report, Netanyahu demands Israelis think about Iran

    What do you do when facing backlash from all sides of the political spectrum? Blame it on the Ayatollah. A much-anticipated housing report published Wednesday evening by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira blamed the Netanyahu government for failing to properly deal with the rising costs of housing in Israel. According to Shapira, poor government planning and disregard for the middle class played key roles in creating the current severe housing crisis in Israel, which could lead to the disappearance of the middle class and eventually have a devastating impact on the entire economy, he says. Netanyahu's failure, says the report, mainly…

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  • What Palestinian citizens of Israel can learn from the civil rights movement

    Despite recent improvement in the economic situation of Palestinian citizens of Israel, many remain suspicious of the Israeli government and its motives. Palestinians must look back at the legacy of the black American struggle for equality, drawing on lessons that they can use to further their own cause. By Robert Cherry Thanks to Israeli government efforts, there has been a substantial improvement in the economic wellbeing of its Palestinian citizens. Whereas in the period 1997-2005, after adjusting for inflation, Palestinian family income declined, during the next six years it rose by more than 7 percent. By contrast, Jewish family income…

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  • Israel’s bizarre decision to give up on education - and its future

    As Israelis, Palestinians and the rest of the world deal with the crimes of the occupation and the possibilities of one state or two - Israel's choices in education show it has already decided to give up on the state that already exists Last week I came across a disturbing story, one of many recently, where Haredi school boys threw stones at secular Jewish school girls [Heb]. The schoolgirls were singing. The story was only mentioned on a local news website and didn’t get much attention. In this climate, where Israel is becoming increasingly more nationalistic and more religious, stories…

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