Haaretz, Apr 13, 2017


The White House spokesman announced that Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” then mumbled something about “Holocaust centers.” Jewish gravestones are being smashed, and the deep American right is already accusing Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law of being responsible for America’s missile attack on Syria and the ouster of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Haaretz, May 19, 2017


Refugees in internment camps? We can handle that. Legislation that circumvents the High Court of Justice? We can live with that. Persecuting left-wing organizations? That’s disturbing but understandable. A nation-state law? Drivel. Undermining the free press? There’s always the internet. MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi)? He’s marginal.

Haaretz, Feb 16, 2017


General world subjects are viewed through the narrow prism of the Jewish world. For instance, decolonization is taught through what happened in Iraq. The average pupil might grasp decolonization as a bad thing, since after it came the “Farhud” – riots against the Jews of Baghdad.

Haaretz, May 9, 2017


I knew that a soldier had shot Mahmoud with a rubber-coated bullet and seriously wounded him in the leg – fire at close range, in violation of regulations. And who was punished? Mahmoud, of course. The Shin Bet security service hastened to cancel his work permit for Israel. (The Shin Bet said, “Because of Mr. Ziyadah’s involvement in the incident described in your query, it was decided to prevent his entrance into Israel for now for security reasons.”)

Haaretz, Feb. 19, 2016

Contempt for Arabic meant contempt for the history of the land and the history of its Arab residents. Yosef David Maman described it during an argument with Ashkenazi modernists: “You, the eternal wanderer, come to France and learn French, Germany and learn German, go to America and learn English; so why when you want to come to Palestine, which is dearer than all those countries, do you not learn Arabic, the language of the people of the land who you meet every day?”