About Roi Ben-Yehuda

Roi Ben-Yehuda is an Israeli writer based in the US. He is a regular contributor to Haaretz and France 24. His work has also been featured in publications such as The Turkish Daily News, Al-Jazeera, Middle East Times, Middle-East Online, Publico, The Metropolitan, Common Ground, Jewcy, Jbooks, Tikkun, Zeek, Voices-Unabridged, AllVoices, PresentTense, and The Epoch Times. His articles have been translated into multiple languages including: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, and Indonesian. The Muslim writer Irshad Manji has called Roi “a rising journalist and public thinker” and has profiled him in May of 2008 as an “agent of moral courage”. Roi holds degrees from New School University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.


Why Isn’t There a Palestinian Gandhi? Ask the Israeli Protester the IDF Just Shot

By May 29, 2008

The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem recently released a video of an Israeli solider shooting a rubber bullet into an Israeli protester at short range. The incident took place during a demonstration against the separation wall in the Palestinian village … Read More

Dear Israel: In Mid-Life, You Can Let Go Of Your Anger

By May 7, 2008

Dear Israel, Your son, the poet Yehuda Amichai, once described you as a land divided into two districts: memory and hope. The residents of each district mingle with each other; they are, Amichai tells us, either returning from a funeral … Read More

Israel’s State-Sanctioned Persecution Of Messianic Jews Must End

By April 28, 2008

Israel's beauty shines brightest in its diversity. The country possesses one of the most culturally and physically diverse societies on the planet. No matter the kind of Jew, from Yemenite to Ethiopian to Polish, from Orthodox to Reform to secular, … Read More

Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Song

By April 3, 2008

For the last seven years musicians Gabriel Meyer and peace activist Elias Jabbour have been doing what politicians have repeatedly failed to do: bringing Jews and Arabs together in the spirit of reconciliation and peace. They do this through the … Read More

Of Golda and Dildos: Thoughts on Israel’s First Sex Festival

By March 12, 2008

In an effort to boost the quality and quantity of Israel's sex life, Tel-Aviv recently hosted the country's first ever sex festival. The 'Sextival', as it is called, was co-sponsored by Playboy and organized by ex-model Nitzan Kirshenboim. The event … Read More

Bad Friday: The Pope Still Wants to Convert Jews

By February 8, 2008

A few years ago he pissed off Muslims around the world when he suggested that Islam was a religion of the sword. Today, Pope Benedict XVI has enraged the rest of the monotheistic family. In a move that must have … Read More

Join the Israeli Army or Lose the Right to Vote

By January 16, 2008

Israelis are abuzz over a proposed law which would equalize its military conscription, provide the option of national service (Sherut Leumi), and punish those who refuse to serve. Labor Minister Eitan Cabel, with the backing of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, … Read More

Bush in Israel: The End of an Affair?

By January 10, 2008

Bush is in Israel, the one country that actually likes him. The President is in the region to carry forward the momentum of the Annapolis peace summit. Traffic stops, and speeches begin. And what of the speeches? Sycophantic praises and … Read More