The Holocaust is not just a memory in Israel. It’s part of how Israelis understand themselves and their country − and it’s playing a part in how the country responds to the Hamas massacres of Oct. 7.
Israel’s intelligence services had collected and dismissed some detailed evidence about a possible Hamas attack.
Recent media coverage mostly confirms the role of faulty threat assessments, Hamas’ improved operational security, and confirmation bias.
There has been a sharp uptick in crimes specifically targeting Muslim and Jewish people since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out in October 2023.
Censure might occasionally be necessary to preserve the integrity of a parliament, but using it to punish members for their personal views threatens the foundations of democracy.
The keffiyeh’s prominence soared in the 1970s when Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, adopted and popularized the garment.
A selection of analysis from our coverage of the war in Gaza over the past fortnight.
The diversity of Israel’s Jewish population has been a source of tensions, but also strength, over the decades.
A philosopher weighs up the legal and moral arguments on both sides of the conflict.
Aid workers consistently face a host of moral challenges and often have to make difficult choices. Organizations need to be aware of the mental impact on their staff and provide support.
More than 450 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since the start of the year, the most since 2005.
One Dutch study found that a third of ex-hostages were still suffering from PTSD nine years after the event.
A historian of the Middle East examines the decades-old ‘special relationship’ between Israel and the US.
Urban warfare and the extensive tunnel network in Gaza benefit Hamas and pose a major challenge to the Israeli military.
This month, an image of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier raising the rainbow flag in Gaza went viral. But the photo obscures nuance, context and history.
Specific details about which manufacturers receive export permits and the nature of the exported goods are not provided publicly. This lack of transparency needs to change.
A cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas has seen the release of 58 hostages held in Gaza and 111 Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
Hamas rules Gaza with repression and violence and polls show that it does not have the support of ordinary Palestinians.
When people find themselves displaced from their homes, finding or creating beauty can be just as vital as food, water and shelter − and serves as a form of resistance and resilience.
This would send the message the West’s much-vaunted values and respect for rules are little more than rhetoric. It will also legitimise conquest as an option that goes unpunished.