Author: Joel Schalit
Joel Schalit is the editor-in-chief of The Battleground. Schalit is the former news editor of Brussel's 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).

“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…)

I’d asked him to leave our building. “Jew,” he snarled in German.”Jews control the world.” (More…)

History was at a standstill. The two months that the German capital was under lockdown made its residents seem as though time had stopped. It felt like the end of the world was nigh. Sidewalks were empty. Stores were closed. The hum of traffic had even disappeared. (More…)

All of the signs were in English. For most Berliners, the language is so common, they take it for granted. Especially for a city in which a quarter of the population is international. (More…)

When the government finally announced restaurants could serve takeout, it was like a rainbow appeared over Berlin. As long as we picked up dinner by six, we were safe. (More…)

“We don’t give accounts to Israelis.” The last stage in completing the paperwork for an online bank account, I’d just submitted my passport for review. (More…)