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Past articles by Itay:

How ‘Fauda’ star ended up among Evangelicals, Messianic Jews and Muslim fundamentalists

After enjoying breakout success as Abu Ahmad in ‘Fauda,’ Hisham Suliman has become one of Israel’s most in-demand actors. He explains why he doesn’t watch the local news → Read More

Israeli production company paid damages to Palestinians after TV series fiasco

During the filming of 'Jerusalem District' a weapon was planted in the home of a Palestinian family. The company, Koda Communications, is suing its insurance companies to cover the damages and subsequent lost revenue → Read More

Israeli Television Personality Modi Bar-On Dies at 59

Israeli television presenter and producer Modi Bar-On died Monday, after a battle with cancer, at the age of 59. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. More details soon... → Read More

'Belittling the abduction of Yemenite kids is like Holocaust denial'

Actor Yehuda Nehari tells Haaretz about his family's own kidnapping stories, racism, the sexual assault he experienced as a child and that he does not regret going public with his allegations against major reality TV host Assi Azar → Read More

Two Jewish guys just tied the knot on Israeli prime time TV

Matan and Guy, two grooms, stood under the chuppah and broke the glasses together in an unprecedented episode of the Israeli version of 'Married at First Sight' → Read More

Israel heading to Eurovision despite security snag

Michael Ben David and the Israeli delegation now have alternative security arrangements in place after Foreign Ministry workers refused to provide them due to an ongoing labor dispute → Read More

The personal price Sinai settlers paid for peace with Egypt

They built a new town in a desert paradise, less than a decade later they were evicted with chains and cages. A new miniseries looks at the story of Yamit, 40 years after its dismantlement → Read More

Foreign Ministry strike could leave Israel out of Eurovision 2022

Michael Ben-David is meant to represent Israel in Turin for this year’s singing competition, but public broadcaster says the Foreign Ministry refuses to handle security arrangements → Read More

Ukraine’s Eurovision contestants land in Israel, play before Ukrainian refugees

As the brutal Russian invasion continues, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, tipped to win this year's Eurovision song contest, is visiting Israel for the annual 'Israel Calling' event → Read More

Adelson's paper shifts from Netanyahu to Bennett, and the editor-in-chief is out

Boaz Bismuth, who has served as the editor-in-chief since 2017, has found himself increasingly at odds with the Israel Hayom's revised support of Netanyahu and embrace of Bennett's premiership → Read More

Israeli TV star and Eurovision co-host Assi Azar accused of sexual assault

The accuser, the film actor Yehuda Nahari, told the Walla news site that he recently passed a polygraph test to discuss the meeting a decade ago with Azar, who denies the allegations → Read More

Queen of Hebrew music Shoshana Damari gave up on family life, but she had no other choice

Damari, whose Yemenite roots were part of her appeal, touched the American dream, but preferred the Israeli one. Two men who spent four years making the documentary film ‘Queen Shoshana’ discuss what they did – and didn’t – include → Read More

The irony of Orthodox Jews competing to represent Israel at Eurovision

Two of the leading contestants on Israel's ‘X Factor for Eurovision’ reality show are observant. But taking part in the annual European song competition entails desecrating the Sabbath. So far, the producers are ignoring this issue → Read More

Israeli-directed 'Camp Confidential' makes Academy Awards shortlist

The short Netflix animated documentary by Israeli filmmakers Daniel Sivan and Mor Loushy’s tells the story of a secret U.S. facility for Nazi prisoners during World War II → Read More

Revisiting the final days of Israel's Sinai paradise

A new documentary tells the story of Rafi Nelson, 'the king of Taba beach,' whose resort was the place for Israel's elite to be seen in the 1970s → Read More

Why this Arab Israeli made a TV show about racist young Jews

The acclaimed director Tawfik Abu Wael explains why Arab artists who disassociate from the Israeli establishment are guilty of stupidity, and why racism fascinates him → Read More

Why this Arab Israeli made a TV show about racist young Jews

The acclaimed director Tawfik Abu Wael explains why Arab artists who disassociate from the Israeli establishment are guilty of stupidity, and why racism fascinates him → Read More

Nationalist pundit drops out of right-wing talk show that wouldn’t let him call Bennett gov’t ‘Judenrat’

Yoram Sheftel says he wasn’t fired but quit after management 'was not willing for me to call the Israeli government by the most appropriate name for it' → Read More

‘There’s nothing religious people fear more than gay men’

Widely respected saxophonist Daniel Zamir is a man of many contradictions: He’s a openly bisexual Orthodox Jew who is forthright about his relations with men, yet he rejects the LGBTQ community and a member of the religious Zionist community → Read More

Documentary on Israeli lawyer who defends Palestinians nominated for two Emmy Awards

‘Advocate,’ directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaïche, is a candidate in the Best Documentary and Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary categories. The winner will be announced September 28 → Read More