Joel Schalit / 20 Sep 2023

Florence for Outsiders

Ingathering of Exiles

They were all soldiers. Or at least had been. Some spoke in Hebrew, others in Italian. Some didn't understand each other. My Israeli father served as translator, talking to everyone in English and German. That did the trick.(...)
Joel Schalit / 03 May 2023

May Day in Torino

First Meloni Edition

Rain is always bad for protests. Particularly in a drought-stricken region like northern Italy, where the slightest hint of thunder sends people running indoors.(...)
Joel Schalit / 21 Apr 2023

Liberation Day Today

Remembering WWII in Italy

In the lead-up to every Liberation Day on 25 April, adverts commemorating the event appear on most of the municipal billboards of my Torino neighbourhood.(...)
Joel Schalit / 01 Feb 2023

Slouching Towards Netanyahustan

Israeli Democracy in Crisis

It's not every day you get a personal tour of a supreme court. But I did. In 2017, a family friend was retiring from Israel's judiciary and invited me to Jerusalem to see where he worked.(...)

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