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May 16, 2021, 11:51 AM
Coexistence can be uncomfortable
I’m outraged – but not surprised – by Israel’s internal combustion. I won’t try to tackle everything about the current spike in the Israeli-Arab conflict, or who's to blame. But there a few things burning me up inside - based...
Mar 7, 2018, 9:52 PM
Walking wombs: How Israel’s cult of childbirth subjugates women
Are women no more than walking wombs, who can only redeem themselves through procreation? (Int'l Women's Day)
Jun 27, 2017, 8:43 AM
Because it’s 2017: child soldiers, elderly warriors
The year is 2017, but the gender stereotypes are medieval
Apr 30, 2017, 10:09 AM
Don’t hijack my flag!
I love this time of year. The country is festive, bedecked with flags. Despite our plentiful problems, Independence Day somehow brings out the best in people. This year, like every year, my family and I hung a flag on our...
Feb 20, 2017, 4:36 PM
I’m a Zionist, and I’m not your punching bag
A proud McGill alum on her alma mater's new oppressive student culture inhibiting open discussion, and what to do about it
Dec 25, 2016, 3:23 PM
Hanukkah at the end of the world
It's not politically correct to say that Bolivia is the end of the world. But for me, in the fall of 2001, it was. It was also an unlikely place for me to come to terms with my Jewish identity. This is...
Nov 10, 2016, 9:53 PM
Hillary lost but women have won
I started writing this piece under the premise that Hillary would win. I even had a snappy headline: "She made history. Now let's rewrite it." Now, as we pick up the pieces in what feels like a bad hangover, I...
Oct 27, 2016, 9:59 AM
Forced to air our dirty laundry
The attack on B'Tselem's Hagai El-Ad for his anti-occupation speech at the UN Security Council highlights a grueling dilemma for Israeli human rights activists. How do you reconcile patriotism with disdain for your country's actions? How can you communicate effectively with...
Sep 18, 2016, 5:13 PM
Don’t rush to embrace the burkini
Men and women of all stripes and backgrounds have condemned the French burkini ban. It's true: women should dress as they please. But before we run to embrace the burkini, let's not forget why it exists. Men are responsible for the burka,...
Aug 16, 2016, 9:03 AM
Get over the boycott
BDS is wrong; instead of demonizing Israel, work from within to eliminate discrimination and the occupation
Born in Canada and living in Israel since 2003, Melanie Takefman writes about life in Israel, herstory and cross-cultural identity. She is currently working on a book about women and migration.