Streaming Rights: How a Beautiful Kibbutz Waterway Became Ground Zero for Israel's Culture Wars

The Asi stream is at the center of a dispute that’s been billed as a clash between Israel’s ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ its old elites and working-class towns. Haaretz visits Kibbutz Nir David and Beit She’an to hear from both sides

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A protester in the Asi stream with a placard stating that it belongs to the public.
A protester in the Asi stream with a placard stating that it belongs to the public.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
The Asi stream running thought Kibbutz Nir David, northern Israel.Credit: Ofer Vaknin
Free the Asi activists Yair Amar, left, Rotem Shapiro and Nati Vaknin.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Shlomo Glazer, secretary of Kibbutz Nir David.Credit: Gil Eliahu
Protesters on the banks of the Asi in August. The sign on the right says "I want to swim in the Asi too."Credit: Gil Eliahu
Protesters and swimmers at the Asi stream, Kibbutz Nir David, in August 2020.Credit: Gil Eliahu
FENCED OFF: The Asi stream in Kibbutz Nir David.Credit: Gil Eliahu
WISH YOU WERE HERE? A woman swimming with children in the Asi stream, August 2020.Credit: Gil Eliahu

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