The ‘Jumpin’ Hegemony’ Edition / The Promised Podcast

Why Mizrahim shun the Left; Why tourists are coming to Israel for the oppression; and is a state-funded Bible book club worth the money?

Alex Levac

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Allison, Don, Noah, and special guest Miriam Hershlag discuss three topics of incomparable importance, and end with an anecdote each about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

Jumpin’ hegemony!
We discuss why Mizrahim – Jews of Middle Eastern descent – shun the Israeli Left (hint: It’s the oppression, stupid!). Is there anything the Left can do to change this?

The tourguide’s dilemma
We discuss the growing phenomenon of tourists who come to Israel not to see the country’s sites of historic and cultural wonder, but rather its sites of conflict and strife: Why is this happening, and is it a good or bad thing?

The good book club
As the Ministry of Education spends tens of millions on what is essentially a huge nationwide bookclub to read the Bible, in an initiative called ‘929,’ we ask if it’s money well spent.