I accidentally broke the news of James Foley’s death to his brother

It started as a flurry of messages on Twitter, as it always does these days. It was on Tuesday, last week, fairly late in the day. I was compulsively checking Twitter. A Turkish activist I follow was appealing to people: don’t post the link to the beheading on Twitter. Someone from a prominent Syrian opposition […]

Would you, kindly, shut the fuck up

Okay, I really don’t mean that. But it’s hard not to FEEL that sometimes. I am exhausted by you, Facebook. Blood, ignorance, death, malice. Did you know that the death toll in Syria surpassed 170,000 people this month? I didn’t either. I had to look it up. No, my Facebook feed has been dominated by the Gaza war, […]

Hello, I’m Canadian. Feel free to take my seat.

The bus ride from New York to Toronto is long and painful. There’s just no way to make a 12-hour ride in one-seat without (functional) internet comfortable. Also, if you’re like me – and you can’t sleep on buses – then you’re stuck with 12 conscious hours during the day. So, of course, inevitably you […]

Welcome to South Tel Aviv

By Asher Greenberg Since 2006, tens of thousands of non-Jewish Eritreans and Sudanese have migrated to Israel, crossing what was then a lightly defended border with Egypt’s Sinai desert. Their arrival has upended neighbourhoods, charged Israel’s already polarized political atmosphere, led to the frantic construction of a $400 million fence to keep them out, and to […]

Between Hell and a Hard Place

By Asher Greenberg Since 2006, tens of thousands of non-Jewish Eritreans and Sudanese have migrated to Israel, crossing what was then a lightly defended border with Egypt’s Sinai desert. Their arrival has upended neighbourhoods, charged Israel’s already polarized political atmosphere, led to the frantic construction of a $400 million fence to keep them out, and to […]