Archive: Issue 4
The tools that citizens are using to advance human rights in Tel Aviv and beyond are evolving. A descendant of refugees and a social activist at the heart of Israel’s protest movement, Yigal Shtayim argues that the formal political process is not always the best way to effect social change.
Policy & Politics
Women of the Wall has been challenging Orthodox religious authorities for over 25 years by praying at the Western Wall (Kotel), Israel’s holiest Jewish site, with tallitot (prayer shawls) and Torah scrolls, activities reserved for men in some Orthodox traditions. Director of the Israel Religious Action Centre Noa Sattath, places this issue in the wider context of Jewish pluralism in Israel, and suggests why finally, progressive Jews may achieve the right to worship as they please at the Western Wall.
The growing size of the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) population, and its self-imposed isolation from the worlds of military service and work is the subject of an urgent debate at all levels of Israeli society. Rabbi Dov Lipman, an MK and a ‘modern Haredi’ suggests a paradox: the ultra-Orthodox should address their future by recovering their past.
The radical Shiite Lebanese organisation Hezbollah may be best known for its armed activities, but it also runs one of the largest and most sophisticated criminal operations in the world. Following the EU’s decision to designate Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organisation, Matthew Levitt lifts the lid on Hezbollah’s extensive criminal enterprises.