Israel's highest court okaying the erasure of yet another West Bank Bedouin village is a striking departure from early Zionists who saw the Bedouin as blood brothers, 'hidden Jews,' and an aspirational model for the modern Hebrew nation
Seraj Assi is an Arab citizen of Israel who holds an MA in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University and is a PhD candidate in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
The U.S. president cutting funding for UNRWA is disastrous – and ironic. For decades, Israel has promoted, publicly and in secret, the one UN agency that eased its own moral and financial responsibility for the Palestinian refugee crisis
Opinion Dreyfus the Druze: For Israel's non-Jewish Minorities, Loyalty to the State Ensures Not Equality, but Radical Disenchantment
It took Jews in France 100 years after gaining citizenship to realize assimilation, patriotism and military service were no defense against discrimination. Now, 70 years after the Jewish state's founding, its 'loyal' minorities face the same realization
'They belong to our people': Why Israel's founders believed Palestinians were originally Jews, and how this discredited theory could offer hope for reconciliation today
Israel has marched on Gaza twice: in 1956 and 1967. Now Gazans are marching on Israel, with a stark reminder that the narrow, impoverished and blockaded territory constitutes a refugee crisis - and a moral calamity for Israel
Opinion Saudi Arabia's Jew-hating Founder Would Be Shocked by His Kingdom's Public Flirtation With Israel
Imagine the shock of Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, who called Jews 'treacherous', 'fraudsters' and 'vagrants', declared 'The Jews have no right to Palestine' and called for a holy war against them, to his kingdom's current bromance with the Jewish state
For many Israeli Jews, we, the Arabs of Israel, are a fifth column. For West Bank Palestinians, we're sellout traitors, lucky survivors, but never true Palestinians
The humanist reviver of modern Hebrew, who explicitly sought help from "her sister, Arabic", would not recognize the idea the two languages are each other's nemesis, as Israel’s nation-state bill seems to imagine
It's not that Negev Bedouin are inherently nomadic – it just suits the Israeli government to treat them as such. Ironically, pre-state Jewish immigrants saw Bedouin as the model for the New Jew.
The early Israeli establishment allowed Arab citizens to vote and Zionist parties even courted their support. Today, however, the Arab vote is seen as a threat.