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Oct 4, 2021, 3:59 PM
The final field: Part two
The latest on the field next to Kfar Hayarok – where property developers are building a mammoth new ‘luxury’ neighbourhood called Neve Gan Tzafon. Back in May this year I wrote an impassioned blog post when the bulldozers and diggers...
May 1, 2021, 11:04 PM
The final field: Part one
This week the bulldozers flattened a large natural space near Kfar HaYarok. This ‘development’ brings with it death, destruction, and desertification.
Jan 29, 2021, 6:23 PM
It’s Time to Help Vaccinate the Palestinian People
Israel, leading the global coronavirus vaccination drive, should now give the Covid-19 vaccine to the Palestinians. It's in Israel's own interest that the Palestinian people, starting with their essential workers, sick and elderly, are vaccinated. Why? Firstly, because 200,000 to 300,000...
Sep 22, 2020, 3:38 PM
Lo Ba Li – Raising Kids in Israel
Anyone who has raised a child in Israel is familiar with the phrase, “Lo ba li”. It literally means, “Not coming to me,” in Hebrew and is like saying, “I don’t feel like it,” in English. It’s often said after...
Mar 24, 2020, 11:34 PM
Coronavirus is an Opportunity for Opportunists
Coronavirus is a disaster. We all know that. So far this outbreak has caused sickness, death, isolation, depression and anxiety (for some), unemployment (for many), closure of small businesses and collapse of the economy. But for some people, although it...
Dec 19, 2019, 1:28 AM
We Don’t Need No Prime Minister
As we end the odd year of 2019, Israel has much to reflect on. Two general elections resulted in nothing but months of bickering, rumours and ultimately, no new government. His Holiness President ‘King’ Bibi Netanyahu held onto power...
Jun 13, 2019, 12:16 AM
The Faster Times of Israel
Time flies but does it fly faster in the Middle East? Each time I fly from Tel Aviv to London, something strange happens. As soon as we land and go through the airport, I feel like I’m in a different...
Feb 22, 2019, 11:16 PM
Berger’s Bravery Beats the Labour Bullies
The seven (now eleven, including a few ex-Tories) British MPs that left the Labour party this week to form the Independent Group should be applauded and supported for their bravery. Luciana Berger, a Jewish MP who represented Wavertree near Liverpool,...
Nov 11, 2018, 8:28 PM
I’m Not a Robot
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Technology It all started with ATMs. Automated Teller Machines that dispersed cash and occasionally chewed up our bank cards. ATMs started talking, saying ‘Please enter your pin number’ and ‘Thank you.’ They...
Apr 15, 2018, 12:35 PM
Israel at 70: Plastic or peace?
How much waste will we avoid if we all eat off reusable plates at our BBQs this Independence Day?
Dan Savery Raz is a Lonely Planet author, and has written for BBC.com, Time Out & various websites. Born in England, he lives in Tel Aviv with his wife & children.