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).

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…)

Religion is not a country. But, if you’re looking to burnish your nationalist credentials, savaging a young woman for converting to Islam means otherwise. (More…)

Greece is a niche subject. That is if the street art of the German capital is the decider. Off the walls for the better part of the last decade, Athens hasn’t figured prominently since the 2008 economic crisis, when it appeared everywhere. That is, until now. (More…)

The threat was unambiguous. “He that diggeth a pit, shall fall into it,” wrote Russia’s Defence Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov, on Facebook. (More…)

My neighbourhood is a book. If you want an education on the most important topics of the day, all you have to do is read the walls. By the time you’ve walked four blocks, you’ll have a PhD in the zeitgeist. (More…)

Germany is drowning in a sea of hatred. No country is as plagued by far-right terrorism in Europe as the Bundesrepublik. Rarely is there a day without attacks on minorities and migrants. (More…)

Every disaster has a silver lining. You just have to be heartless enough to exploit it. (More…)