Author: Joel Schalit

Joel Schalit is the editor-in-chief of The Battleground. Schalit is the former news editor of Brussels' Euractiv and managing editor of Berkeley's Tikkun. He has also served as a commentator on EU affairs for Israel's i24News and Israeli affairs for France 24. His books include Israel vs. Utopia, The Anti-Capitalism Reader and Jerusalem Calling (Akashic Books).

“We work closely with Israeli media. If there’s anything you need from Hungary, don’t be afraid to ask,” the young woman informed me. (More…)

Women were screaming. Gunfire echoed in the distance. A British accented voice drifted in and out, periodically commenting on the upheaval. (More…)

If you hate the media, it was a dream come true. The Israeli Air Force had just destroyed the offices of two of the most influential news organisations in the world. (More…)

The language was a victory by itself. Seeing the word “Yallah” spread across Karl-Marx-Straße, was like living in the best of all possible worlds. (More…)

Sirens were blaring. Bodies were getting carted away. Our street felt like a war zone. (More…)

Security wouldn’t let them through. “Please, please,” the mother entreated the officer in Hebrew. “I need to get my daughter to the bathroom.” Her pleas fell on deaf ears. (More…)

“The Kurds are the Roma of the Middle East.” I should have seen it coming. The statement, made by a reporter I worked with, was typical of his repertoire. Like many Europeans, they didn’t immediately fit with his idea of the region. (More…)

It’s not every day your father’s prized possession is at the top of news. But wherever I turned that hot August morning in Turin, from The Guardian to La Repubblica, to Rai 1, there it was. (More…)

“It’s not just an Arab neighbourhood,” the tour guide told the crowd assembled around her. Pointing to a woman wearing a brightly coloured headscarf, asking passersby for change, she said: “Many Roma live here too.” (More…)

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