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The Israel of Marvel’s X-Men

X-Men’s Israel Parable

The story of Krakoa implies that a state born of a desire for security — a militarized society, segregated, focused on strength and always placed in the crosshairs of attacks — is at worst a fundamentally broken state and at best resembles a prison for its people.

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

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.

The Death of Debate on Palestine and Israel

The Death of Debate on Palestine and Israel

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel and Israel’s ensuing military onslaught on Gaza, discussion and debate on the conflict have been shut down like never before. With the war playing out on social media, the discourse has polarized and flattened, as mutually exclusive narratives breed distrust and denialism.

Grassroots Initiatives Are Helping Gazans Build Lives in Cairo

Grassroots Initiatives Are Helping Gazans Build Lives in Cairo

Palestinians from Gaza who manage to raise the money for the crossing fees are arriving in Cairo traumatized, jobless and often completely dispossessed. With neither government nor U.N. aid available, grassroots initiatives are filling in to offer financial aid and emotional support.

A Yale Hunger Striker Speaks Out

A Yale Hunger Striker Speaks Out

The university administration had ignored all the “proper” avenues students had used up to that point to address Yale’s complicity in the violence, and I had lost my ability to imagine any other way to get the university to hear us. My imagination was crushed. I had no new ideas.