Bob Dylan, Forever Young

by Hillel Schenker BOB DYLAN, the poet of my generation, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I’m in the camp that definitely believes he deserves it. Gidon, the photographer/owner of nearby Cafe Betzalel, says that one of his friends was wondering what the committee in Oslo was sniffing. The friend responded: “The […]

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Resilient Tel Aviv Looks for Answers

by Hillel Schenker WEDNESDAY NIGHT, on a bus on my way back from having a rocking good time at the Brian Wilson Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” Tour show at the Ra’anana Amphitheater, I heard the news about the horrible murder of four innocent Israelis at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv by two Palestinian terrorists from […]

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Fear and Loathing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

by Hillel Schenker IT’S BEEN A TERRIBLE few days in my two cities, Jerusalem where I work and Tel Aviv where I live. On late Monday afternoon as I was about to leave the Palestine-Israel Journal office, my colleague Marwan got a phone call that there had been an incident near Damascus Gate: A Palestinian […]

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The Iran Deal: A View from Israel

Gevald! vs. Hope by Hillel Schenker This essay was originally published by the Times of Israel PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU and the Republicans in the U.S. are trying to create the impression that all Israelis are opposed to the deal with Iran aimed at preventing it from achieving nuclear weapons. This week, Thomas Friedman wrote an […]

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A Challenge to Netanyahu on Iran

by Hillel Shenker IS CONFRONTATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA really the only way that Prime Minister Netanyahu can relate to the framework agreement with Iran that was announced last Thursday? On the one hand we know that Netanyahu thinks that the framework agreement with Iran is “a bad deal” that “threatens the survival of the State […]

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Seeing “Selma” in Tel Aviv

by Hillel Schenker THERE IS SOMETHING profoundly moving about seeing Selma in Tel Aviv. Although the events described in the movie took place in Alabama in 1965, they clearly resonate with the Israeli experience of 2015. The catalyst for the events described in the film was the obstacles placed before black voters by rightwing white […]

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The View from East Jerusalem

by Hillel Schenker Reprinted with the author’s permission from the Times of Israel A TERRIBLE DAY IN JERUSALEM. The vicious, tragic, early morning terrorist attack against Orthodox Jews during the morning prayer at the Har Nof Synagogue in West Jerusalem set the stage for another very sad and deadly day in the spiral of violence […]

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