Meeting the last of Israel’s founding fathers

I was honoured to meet the Ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres on September 13th, after volunteering at the Peres Center for Peace last summer. Hours later, I discovered that he had been taken to hospital after feeling unwell, and by the evening it was revealed that he had suffered a major stroke. The news … More Meeting the last of Israel’s founding fathers

Will the history of Mizrahi Jews be used as a bridge for peace?

On the 28th July 2016, Education Minister, Naftali Bennett made a long-awaited promise to a historically neglected and underrepresented section of Israeli society. “Until now, we saw only half a story,” he told an audience at Bar-Ilan University, “and now we have a full story.” Bennett promised that from now on, Israeli school children would … More Will the history of Mizrahi Jews be used as a bridge for peace?

You will never understand Israel, if you don’t understand the Jewish refugees from Arab countries

“If somebody wants to understand what is going on in the Middle East they have to understand the Jewish refugees from Arab countries” – Vivienne Roumani-Den (Former Refugee from Libya) I’ve grown accustomed to the sheer surprise on people’s faces when I tell them that my parents are both Jewish and Iraqi. Yes, we exist. … More You will never understand Israel, if you don’t understand the Jewish refugees from Arab countries

Questioning Israel’s right to exist

The very idea of questioning Israel’s right to exist is often dismissed as anti-Semitic and consequently unacceptable. Indeed, there seems to be a double standard in questioning Israel’s legitimacy as a state, without applying the same questions to any other. For instance, why not question the legitimacy of other young states such as India or … More Questioning Israel’s right to exist