How a Deeply Religious Jew Became One of Israel’s Leading Anti-occupation Activists

In his new book on religious Zionism, Mikhael Manekin argues that the emergence of a Jewish supremacy movement within his community shows how far it has strayed from the essence of the Torah

Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

About 20 years ago, right after the outbreak of the second intifada, Mikhael Manekin was serving as an officer in the Golani infantry brigade. He and his troops were dispatched to Salim, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank. Their assignment was to keep Palestinians away from the road that led to the nearby Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh.

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