This piece is one of an ongo­ing series that we are shar­ing from Israeli authors and authors in Israel.

It is crit­i­cal to under­stand his­to­ry not just through the books that will be writ­ten lat­er, but also through the first-hand tes­ti­monies and real-time account­ing of events as they occur. At Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, we under­stand the val­ue of these writ­ten tes­ti­mo­ni­als and of shar­ing these indi­vid­ual expe­ri­ences. It’s more impor­tant now than ever to give space to these voic­es and narratives.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, JBI is record­ing writ­ers’ first-hand accounts, as shared with and pub­lished by JBC, to increase the acces­si­bil­i­ty of these accounts for indi­vid­u­als who are blind, have low vision or are print disabled. 

At least 229 Israelis were kid­napped by the Hamas ter­ror­ists on Octo­ber 7, 2023. The hostage Yocheved Lif­shitz, an eighty-five-year-old woman from Kib­butz Nir Oz (near the Gaza Strip bor­der) was released by the ter­ror­ists while her hus­band, the eighty-six-year-old jour­nal­ist and human rights activist Oded Lif­shitz, is still being held cap­tive by the Hamas.

The views and opin­ions expressed above are those of the author, based on their obser­va­tions and experiences.

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Lali Michaeli is the non­con­formist of Israeli poet­ry, dar­ing to shout what oth­ers were ashamed to think, became a sym­bol of rebel­lion and anti-estab­lish­ment. Even now, when she learns for­eign lan­guages, is invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in inter­na­tion­al poet­ry fes­ti­vals all over the world and wins inter­na­tion­al awards, she refus­es to screw with the Israeli main­stream. She main­tains her sta­tus as a solo poet. The Israeli polit­i­cal poems Mr. Prime Min­is­ter” (2009) and Democ­ra­cy” (2016) along­side uni­ver­sal poems like Paint me ablaze” and Every time we make love” show the lay­ers of her poet­ry. The intra-poet­ic, per­son­al, inter­per­son­al and human dia­logue is the how and what of her writ­ing. This is an attempt to build bridges in impos­si­ble places. The poet­ry of Lali Michaeli once again proves that excel­lent poet­ry can also be sexy and inno­v­a­tive.” — Dory Manor