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Remembering the Holocaust While Gaza Starves

Starvation and Indifference

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

Forever War Again

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.

As Eurovision 2024 Nears, Israel Is in the Hot Seat

As Eurovision 2024 Nears, Israel Is in the Hot Seat

When the European Broadcasting Union rejected two songs Israel submitted for the 2024 Eurovision, saying its references to Oct. 7 were too political, President Isaac Herzog intervened and told the composers to change the lyrics. For 51 years, the song contest has been a critical component of Israel’s public image.

Gaza in a Million Pieces

Gaza in a Million Pieces

I walk past beds of children in bandages, children with metal rods poking out of tiny legs and arms, children with burns, children with necrotic tissue. Like many others, I watched Gaza’s horror unfold on TV and social media and lacked the words to express it. I am here; I am seeing it for myself. I understand so much more, and yet I find myself even more incapable of articulating the extent of what I am witnessing.

The Cost of Leaving Gaza

The Cost of Leaving Gaza

Palestinians desperate to leave Gaza have one way out, through the Rafah crossing. But Egyptian brokers require a bribe of up to $10,000 per person, while Israeli authorities demand astronomical fees from registered citizens for their legal right to repatriation. The bureaucracy takes weeks, the bombs fall and hunger rages.

Making It Work From the River to the Sea

Making It Work From the River to the Sea

Negotiations and wars have demonstrably failed to bring any resolution to Israel and Palestine. But while history is littered with failed partitions, there is another way. The challenge is to decouple peace from land, and recognize that security depends not on territory but on equal treatment.