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How a Family, Amid Israeli Oppression, Survived the Trek From Gaza City to Rafah

Grief on Gaza’s Trail of Tears

We were forced to leave our home on Nov. 11, driven out by Israel against our will. Our family had managed to survive for 29 horrendous days since Israel ordered the north of the Gaza Strip to evacuate south on Oct. 13. I think Israel can't stand the idea of Palestinians making their own decisions — part of the danger of constantly living under a brutal siege. History is repeating itself. Isn't one Nakba enough?

The Holocaust Survivor Who Put His Faith in War Crimes Law

Judging War Crimes Evidence

Theodor Meron is a renowned scholar of international law, a Holocaust survivor and a former Israeli diplomat. In 1968, he advised the Israeli government that settling the occupied Palestinian territories violated the Geneva Conventions. In 2024, he concurred with ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s decision to charge Hamas and Israeli leaders with war crimes.

When the Music Stopped and the Grief Began

When the Music Stopped and the Grief Began

“Oct. 7 | 06:29am — The Moment Music Stood Still: The Nova Music Festival Exhibition” is an exhibition of curated objects collected from the site of the massacre committed at the trance music festival Hamas attacked on that now-notorious date. It is a heartbreaking exhibition, not only for the story it tells but also for the perhaps-unintended implicit messaging, which speaks to a political culture that weaponizes grief.

Gaza and the End of the Culture War as We Know It

Gaza and the End of the Culture War as We Know It

Wasn’t it the left that pushed for speech codes, deplatforming speakers and canceling events deemed potentially offensive to some groups before the tables turned on Oct. 7? Did they really think that no one would notice the irony?

Remembering the Holocaust While Gaza Starves

Remembering the Holocaust While Gaza Starves

On May 4, Amsterdam marked Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of those who resisted the Nazi occupation, with special emphasis on the Jews who perished. Yet what kept intruding on me, perversely and inevitably, was Gaza.

Israel Does Not Know How To End the War in Gaza

Israel Does Not Know How To End the War in Gaza

Israelis across the political spectrum are starting to understand that the war in Gaza is unwinnable. After seven months, the army has succeeded neither in eliminating Hamas nor in bringing the captives home. But there’s no exit plan and no plan for the day after.

How Changes in the Israeli Military Led to the Failure of October 7

How Changes in the Israeli Military Led to the Failure of October 7

An analysis from the perspective of organizational science shows how the Israeli military’s overreliance on technology, lack of experience and proficiency in real warfare as opposed to occupation, and culture of dehumanization and dismissal of Palestinians led Israel to suffer its worst-ever loss of life in any military assault.