Ari Shavit

Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit, in the early 1990s he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. He is married with three children.
Ari Shavit My Promised Land
A groundbreaking and authoritative examination of Israel by one of the most influential columnists writing about the Middle East today. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. My Promised Land, the first ever winner of the Natan Book Award in the United States, tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before, and asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can I...
Ari Shavit: Israel and the Diaspora
In My Promised Land, Israeli author and journalist Ari Shavit writes about his country with both love and misgiving. In this additional event – a second chance to hear him at this year’s festival – he discusses with American journalist Michael Goldfarb how Jews of the Diaspora fit into his analysis. What changes in Jewish identity have been brought about by the creation of Israel and the battle to sustain it? Is an Israeli a fundamentally different kind of ...