Waleldin at a protest for refugee rights at Tel-Aviv University (Photo: Danielle Shitrit)

Hate crimes against refugees in Israel go unabated

Hate crimes against asylum-seekers rarely receive media coverage or public attention in Israel, but they continue unabated and most of the perpetrators are never brought to justice. The victims are afraid of filing complaints with the police or feel that there is no point in doing so, and policemen at times belittle the victims. In…

May Day 2014 in Tel-Aviv: Raise the minimum wage to 30 shekels an hour (Photo: Galit)

Worker exploitation: How the state supports businesses

More than 120 years have passed since May Day was first celebrated as the workers’ struggle day. Despite significant progress that has been made in the past century, such as the inclusion of workers’ rights into the public discourse and protests, and progressive labor law legislation, many employers continue to overwork and underpay their workers,…

Demonstrator at the Anti-Prawer rally in Tel Aviv, September 2013 (Photo: Activestills)

Two years since Prawer Plan

by Dr. Thabet Abu Rass September 2013 marks two years since the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan. The plan intends to uproot tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel from their villages, to demolish their homes, and to confiscate an overwhelming majority of their lands. The government proposed this plan as a…

MK Khenin: Why privatization is doomed to failure

There are those who believe that everything that’s privatized is more efficient and everything run by the government necessarily falls short. Haaretz’s Nehemia Shtrasler champions this approach. I believe that this is a myth, but this doesn’t mean that I support the opposite myth, either. I know that government-run systems are liable to be bureaucratic…

One year to the social protest – The struggle continues!

A full year has passed since the start of the social protest – and the struggle continues. There are those who maintained that, in light of the demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of protestors, the rightist government “will get the message” and will eventually come towards the demands of the masses for social justice and…