Allison Kaplan Sommer,

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Past articles by Allison:

Thousands of Israelis in Berlin ‘Look Forward’ to Disrupting Netanyahu’s Visit

As the battle over Israel's judicial overhaul continues, thousands of Israelis living in Berlin are planning to protest when Prime Minister Netanyahu visits the German capital on Wednesday → Read More

Fighting for Democracy, Legally: A Field Guide to Israel’s Protests

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis who oppose the government’s judicial overhaul continue to take the streets in ever-bigger protests. Here's what you need to know about attending or even organizing a demonstration in Israel → Read More

‘Biggest in Israeli History': Organizers Claim Half a Million Protesters Against Netanyahu's Constitutional Coup

As a record 50,000 Israelis rallied in Haifa, and hundreds of thousands more across Israel, opposition leader Yair Lapid slams the Netanyahu government's sole focus on 'crushing Israeli democracy' → Read More

Over 25,000 Red-clad Women Form Human Chains Across Israel for International Women’s Day

Protesters participating in ‘Women’s Chain for Democracy’ demonstrations wear red to symbolize the drawing of a red line when it comes to the violation of women’s rights → Read More

In Israel Today, the Joyous Festival of Purim Shows Its Darker Side

For Israelis with a conscience, the images of Ben-Gvir dancing in Hebron make it hard to feel festive this Purim ■ Opposing Erdogan is no Turkish delight ■ Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates antisemitism ■ Today’s best reads on Haaretz → Read More

Ben-Gvir in Uniform: How Israeli MKs Dressed Up for Purim

Israel's lawmakers used the holiday to make political statements amid the race to complete the overhaul of Israel's judiciary and the protests against it → Read More

Israel Mulls Canceling VAT Exemption for Foreign Tourists, Sparking Concern in Tourism Industry

Currently, tourists visiting Israel are exempt from paying the 17-percent tax on services in the sector, spanning from hotels to car rentals, which causes the country to lose an estimated $500 million yearly. Tourism organizations and hoteliers now fear that canceling the exemption will harm their ability to bring travelers to Israel → Read More

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Antisemitism

The Hollywood star and former California governor warns in a video that those who embrace anti-Jewish hate are doomed to ‘die as miserably as they lived’ → Read More

War With Iran, Peace With the Saudis? What Israel Wants in the New Middle East

In a panel focusing on the shifting politics of the Middle East at the Haaretz-UCLA conference, regional experts discussed the threat of a third intifada, and why Gulf countries are anxious about an Israel-Iran confrontation → Read More

Sara Netanyahu and the Salon Siege: Life-saving Rescue or the Plot of an ‘Evil Genius’?

What began as a WhatsApp post showing the prime minister’s wife in a Tel Aviv hair salon ended with a battalion of armed Border Police racing to her rescue as hundreds protested outside. The morning after, suspicion and peroxide linger in the air → Read More

A Battle in Every Junction: How Pro-democracy Demonstrations Shut Down Central Israel

The disruption of traffic on Route 4, between Ra'anana and Kfar Sava, was part of a National Day of Disruption by opponents of the government's plans to curb the independence of Israel's courts → Read More

Will Escalation With Palestinians Derail Israel's Pro-democracy Movement?

Are Netanyahu and his partners deliberately diverting us from a conversation that harms them to one that serves their agenda? ■ American Jews cannot stay 'neutral' in the face of Israel's catastrophe ■ Netanyahu's judicial coup is the BDS movement’s dream ■ Today's best reads on Haaretz → Read More

Unmasking Israel's Cyber Arms Industry Is Just the Beginning

What can be done to stop the growth of Israel's dark corner of arms development? ■ The imminent clash between Smotrich and Gallant is predictable and unbridgeable ■ In Jenin, even helping the wounded means risking your life ■ Today’s best reads on Haaretz → Read More

Skipping School to Protest, These Israeli Kids Got a Lesson in Democracy

In a quiet Tel Aviv suburb, a packed theater showed that plenty of students weren't taking part in the mass strike against the judicial overhaul. But for some families, a child's unexcused absence was the last thing on their minds → Read More

They're Making Netanyahu Look Bad, but Painting Them as 'Leftists' Won't Be Easy

Money is not leaving Israel out of ideology or political protest, but as a response to 'pressure from investors' ■ In Israel's current crisis, AIPAC is vital and J Street is dangerous ■ ‘Israel's left doesn’t want Arabs to be part of the fight’ ■ Today's best reads on Haaretz → Read More

2,500-year-old Turkish Synagogue Damaged in Earthquake

Turkey’s Ashkenazi rabbi, Rabbi Mendy Chitrik said that he tended to community members who were in distress and lacked shelter, adding that 'fortunately we were able to get twelve people out and bring them to Istanbul' → Read More

Sixty Percent of Israelis Think Battle Over Netanyahu's Reforms 'Highly Likely' to Turn Violent

Thirty-five percent of those surveyed fear the fierce battle over Netanyahu's judicial overhaul could result in a civil war, while only 22 percent fully support the proposed reforms → Read More

Who Will Protect Israel From Earthquakes? Mayor From Netanyahu's Party Has Surprising Answer

'Better hurry up, soon the High Court will no longer be able to help you,' one Twitter user urged the Likud mayor, pointing out that his threat was undermining his own party’s attack on the legal system → Read More

Demonstrators Call to Defend Women's Rights Against Israeli Gov't's Judicial Overhaul

As protesters rally against Israel's new government and the impact of its reforms on women's equality, organizers seek to 'say in a clear voice that our rights are non-negotiable' → Read More

'The Time to Be Polite Is Over': Israelis Rally Against Netanyahu's ‘Regime Change’ for Fifth Consecutive Week

About 60,000 Israelis protest across the country: 'We fight here in the streets, we fight in the Knesset, we fight in the courts. We will save our country because we will not live in an undemocratic country,' says opposition leader Yair Lapid → Read More