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Jul 18, 2019, 4:22 AM
What we need to understand about Israel
“Were you scared in Israel?” my friend Paul asks me. “You know, because of the all the terrorists?” I open my mouth to answer, but pause for a moment to gather my thoughts. It's Fourth of July in Southern California,...
Jul 2, 2019, 2:25 PM
The Refugees in South Tel Aviv Need Us
When we see Tel Aviv on TV, we're usually shown a more glamorous side -- bustling beaches, skyscrapers, neon lights, and nightclubs -- but south Tel Aviv is different. Instead of skyscrapers and beaches, the southern streets are packed...
Jun 11, 2019, 3:22 PM
Perspectives on Gaza, from Both Sides of the Fence
Don't believe what you hear about Gaza -- you can’t understand the situation, not unless you see it in person. Nagham Mohanna and I are standing at the Erez Border Crossing, the primary point of passage for anyone going from...
Apr 15, 2019, 6:59 PM
Avera Mengistu and Issues of Racism in Israel
On the afternoon of September 7th, 2014, a mentally disabled Ethiopian-Israeli man left his Ashkelon home and headed for the Gaza Strip. By evening, he’d scaled the fences and disappeared, and his exact whereabouts are still a mystery. That...
Feb 12, 2019, 3:21 PM
Turning Up the Volume on Rishon Leziyyon’s Youth
On Monday afternoon, the youth music center of Rishon Leziyyon opens its doors for the week, and the kids gather to start up the music again. Volume, as it’s called, is built in the lower neighborhoods of Ramat Eliyahu,...
Jan 23, 2019, 7:22 PM
Coexistance in Israel, Answered Hand in Hand
The question of Israeli and Arab coexistance is complex and extraordinarily sensitive, and it is more often answered with misunderstandings than fruitful discussions. This is one of the biggest problems Israel faces today. Although Israel was founded as a...
Nov 5, 2018, 7:45 PM
Hate Has No Place in This World
I believe in Allah. Maybe you believe in a different God. But you also have eyes, ears, and a mouth like my own children. Should I not love you the same? I was shocked to hear those words in the...
Oct 31, 2018, 8:03 PM
World War 3 on the Brink! But not really.
Early in the morning on October 17th, a neighborhood in Beer’Sheba was hit by a rocket from Gaza, and the Israeli Defense Force retaliated with twenty rocket strikes of their own. Tensions peaked throughout the country, and residents were...
Ethan H. Smith is a teacher, writer, and alumni of the Yahel Israel social change fellowship. He studied Psychology and German and now works as an activist for communities throughout Israel.