Our estranged, and strange, neighbors

Mango Girl says it so I don't have to -- Ethnically based land rights challenged in Israel:

A development to keep track of - the Jewish National Fund, the para-state authority for land use in Israel, is being ordered by the Israeli High Court to overturn its Jews-only land lease policy. Nothing could be more central to the idea of Israel, or a starker metaphor for the basic contradictions of its political project - and it’s good every now and again to bring some of those contradictions out in the open.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.