Right-wing artist’s snub sets off a firestorm about free speech and art
The notorious political assassination, still unsolved 80 years later, is instrumental in in keeping Israeli politics sane
Yigal Amir will reportedly be voting for The Jewish Home leader
+972 Magazine strikes up an unlikely conversation
Gets a taste for the rule of law he so despised
Plus yet another new government in Jordan, and more in the news
Settlers attacking soldiers treated same as Palestinians attacking soldiers
A Jewish democratic state by definition must have a Jewish majority. Political scientist Rebecca Steinfeld studies how Israel has from its earliest days sought to establish and maintain that majority.
Israel has kept Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir in solitary confinement for more than 15 years while allowing him to father a child. In the context of exceptionally pro-natalist fertility policies, this seeming paradox makes sense.
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Yigal Amir assassinated Yitzhak Rabin 15 years ago in an effort to derail the Oslo peace accords. Now his wife, a Russian émigré, is trying to turn him into a heroic Soviet-style political prisoner.
The Settlers offers a gloomy view of how continued occupation of the West Bank will affect Israel and Zionism
Plus China nixes sanctions, Lieberman rattles saber, and more
But at both far ends of political spectrum, memories aren’t so fond
A scholar and priest traces the roots of religious violence to Abraham