Under Auspices Of Haaretz, Progressives Gather To Debate Israel, Light Chanukah Candles

12/13/2015 - 19:00
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The event featured hundreds of people milling around, lemon bars and a menorah-lighting ceremony. Was it a Chanukah party or a conference?


The HaaretzQ panel on unfreezing the peace process debates. Erica Gannett for IRL Productions

Bibi's Scare Tactics

As polls show him falling further behind in the final days before elections for the 20th Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy is one of increasing desperation.  His theme " if you can't convince em, scare em" was strikingly clear in an interview in Friday's Jerusalem Post.

Ari Shavit’s ‘Plan B’ For Mideast Peace

12/22/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of the synagogue attack last month in Har Nof that left four rabbis and a Druze police officer dead, author Ari Shavit jumped into the peace-plan fray.

Shavit: “Step-by-step” approach to peace. Sharon Bareket

How ‘Free’ Is Israel’s Press?

Panel revisits the Anat Kamm affair and what it says about the public’s journalistic appetite.

06/16/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every year, Freedom House, a well-known NGO monitoring the state of democracy worldwide, releases its “Freedom of the Press” index. The index, evaluating press freedom according to fixed parameters, divides the world’s countries into three categories: those with a free press, those where the press is only partly free, and those where there is no freedom of press at all.

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, left, Freedom House’s Karen Karlekar, former Haaretz editor Dov Alfon and Lisa Goodman. Gili Getz

Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Metzger Arrested

Gag order lifted as Metzger is arrested on Monday on suspicion of taking bribes and other charges.

11/17/2013 - 19:00

A former chief rabbi of Israel was arrested on Monday on charges of taking bribes, money laundering, conspiracy to interfere with an investigation and other crimes, Haaretz reports.

Hebrew Media Hurting, But Israeli English Press Booming

Journalism landscape changing rapidly, led by Adelson-backed free paper.
10/22/2012 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — On Oct. 17, seven Israeli English news websites led with seven different stories.

Israel’s English-language media, though expanding, faces uncertain future.

One-Day Strike At Ha'aretz Over Layoffs

10/03/2012 - 20:00


Protesting 100 layoffs of its employees, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz suspended its daily edition for one day.

Employees of the paper did not produce its Thursday edition, protesting the refusal of the paper’s management to meet with representatives of the employees, according to the Times of Israel.

The paper is expected to resume publication on Friday, when Israeli papers print an expanded edition -- akin to Sunday papers in the United States.

Is Israel's National Anthem, 'Hatikva,' Racist? A New Debate Gains Steam

Jews have a long history revising liturgy they find offensive.  The Reform movement has often led that charge, doing away with, for the most part, patrilineal prayers they think should be gender-neutral, and thus more inclusive.

IDF Chief: Iran Has Not Yet Decided To Build A Nuclear Bomb

04/24/2012 - 20:00

IraIran has not yet decided whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb, the head of Israel's military said.

The Islamic Republic "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview. "It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

Gantz said this year is critical in Iran's nuclear development but "not necessarily 'go, no-go,' " for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

Pro-Palestinian Fly-In Protestors Detained In Israel

04/14/2012 - 20:00

At least 27 pro-Palestinian activists who arrived in Israel for a "fly-in" protest were detained at Ben Gurion Airport.

The activists who arrived Sunday from at least four countries are part of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign in which activists declare their intention to travel to the West Bank to highlight that there is no way to visit what they call Palestine without traveling through Israel.

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