For Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Women, a New Political Party

Feb. 12 2015

Among the newly-formed parties running candidates in the upcoming Israeli elections is bi-Zkhutan. The name means “on their own merit,” with their in a feminine grammatical form. Currently, ultra-Orthodox parties do not allow female candidates on their lists, and the all-female leaders of bi-Zkhutan hope to field political representatives who will defend their interests. Beth Kissileff profiles the party’s head, Ruth Colian:

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More about: Feminism, Israel & Zionism, Israeli politics, Judaism, Ultra-Orthodox, Women in Judaism

For a Leading Israeli Anti-Zionist, the Plight of Two Peoples Is Less Important Than Her Moral Preening

Founded in 2004 by IDF veterans, Breaking the Silence aims to expose the supposed wrongdoings of the Israeli military in the West Bank. In her recent Hebrew-language book Who Do You Think You Are?, Yuli Novak, who served as the group’s director until 2017, reflects on the internal turmoil she has experienced in the ensuing years and explains how she came to reject Zionism altogether. Einat Wilf finds the book cliché-ridden and solipsistic, while the author comes across as a “petulant child.” Moreover, writes Wilf, Novak’s argument rests on false premises:

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Breaking the Silence, West Bank