Drawing from her own experience as a young Jewish American on her Birthright trip, Michaela Fleischer shares her reflections on Western imperialism, Israel, and Palestinian oppression. One year ago, I sacrificed my support of decolonial foreign policy for a free […]
As the Syrian refugee crisis unfolds, let’s to turn our attention to another group of refugees – the Palestinian refugees. When asked how she would describe her life, Salwa Ahmed summarizes it in three words: “A refugee-camp life.” She […]
On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution on Palestinian statehood. Wednesday the Palestinian Authority moved to join the International Criminal Court. Thus begins a chain of events that is unlikely to lead to a positive outcome anytime soon, but which […]
War in Syria and Iraq has upset the traditional balance of power in the Middle East. In the short term this has already led to some fascinating developments and political realignments. While there is broad agreement that the only solution […]
As a journalist and student of international affairs, I find it’s hard to write about Israel-Palestine without writing about the plight of the Palestinians. As a tourist visiting my wife’s family in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, I did not experience […]
Jews are the most privileged group of citizens in Israel. Jews of European descent, called Ashkenazim, form the top of a class hierarchy while Mizrahim—Jews of African or Asian descent and Jewish immigrants from Muslim countries—are often marginalized socially, economically and politically. This […]
Inspired by the upcoming Academy Awards, the New Context staff is reviewing international films. “5 Broken Cameras” is nominated for the Oscar in the Documentary Feature category.
On January 15: The eviction of a Palestinian activist encampment by Israeli forces took place a few days earlier than expected.
On September 25, a former Zionist Professional of the Year fasted and reflected, as Judaism prescribes for the observant on Yom Kippur. She was in good company, as on other holidays—men sporting black head coverings roamed the blustery streets of […]
On November 24, 2012, I attended a screening of lauded documentarian Ken Burns’s latest, The Central Park Five. The film recounts the story of five black teenaged boys falsely accused of beating and sexually assaulting a white female jogger in […]