The 'Israel and the 'A Word'' Edition / The Promised Podcast

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Left-wing activists hold up puppets and signs reading: Apartheid is here; did you hear? Discrimination in E. Jerusalem. Jerusalem, February 26, 2010.Credit: Reuters

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

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Israel and the “A Word”

Haaretz columnist and mensch Bradley Burston wrote an essay entitled “It’s Time to Admit it. Israeli Policy is What it Is: Apartheid.” It went viral. We ask if it makes sense – factually and politically – to use the “A word” to describe Israel.

The wages of politicization
The newly more-politicized “Judicial Appointment Committee” met this week, and Likud MK Nurit Koren proposed advancing a judge because she is a woman of Yeminite descent, like Koren herself. We ask if Koren was really that off-base.

The Way Home (Road Trip!)
Social protest leader Daphni Leef and singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum are planning to load up a van with all manner of stuff and travel cross country for a month, listening to people describe their vision for the country. Is Daphni and Yael’s fantabulous journey a political act of meaning?

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