What Are Israelis Protesting For?

March 31, 2023

As political theater, the Israeli uprising against Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul has been extraordinary—but its meaning remains contested. Is this a movement merely to preserve the rights of Jews, or might it contain the seeds of a movement committed to democracy for all? Journalists Orly Noy and Mairav Zonszein will join Peter Beinart to discuss these questions and the future of Netanyahu’s ultra-right coalition.

Orly Noy is an Israeli journalist, translator, and activist who has written for publications like +972 Magazine and Middle East Eye. She is on the Executive Board of B’Tselem.

Mairav Zonszein is an Israeli American journalist and commentator who has covered Israeli politics and US foreign policy for over a decade. She is a founding editor of +972 Magazine, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, The Columbia Journalism Review, and more. She is currently senior analyst on Israel/Palestine with the International Crisis Group.

Peter Beinart teaches national reporting and opinion writing at the Newmark J-School and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, an MSNBC political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

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