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The Rock Star’s Guide to Eating, Praying, and Loving in the High Security State of Israel

Why Justin Bieber, Elton John, Madonna, and, yes, Alicia Keys, love to play Tel Aviv—and why Israel loves them back

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Alice Walker’s Purple Prose: Why the Novelist’s Attack on Alicia Keys Is All Wrong

The ‘Color Purple’ author showed more than just naivete in penning an open letter to the pop star. She also showed ignorance.

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Daybreak: Russian Missiles Arrive in Syria

Plus author Alice Walker’s upcoming gig at the 92Y rankles many

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A Future Fashioned from Small Acts

Alice Walker will not allow Hebrew translation of The Color Purple

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Censors and Sensibility

Under pressure, a Bay Area children’s museum canceled a show of art by children from Gaza. That’s shameful, but so was scheduling the one-sided show.

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Wind In Its Sails?

An update on the Gaza-bound flotilla

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Sundown: We Can Talk About It Now?

Plus, a dispatch from the flotilla, the properly sized bagel, and more

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Why Alice Walker Is Sailing to Gaza

American novelist’s defense raises questions about the imminent flotilla

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This Year, the Flotilla Will Be Live-Blogged

American ‘The Audacity of Hope’ to set sail Saturday