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Lilith Feature

Israel at 60

Sixty years ago, Statehood brought the promise of Israel as a blooming desert and a haven for all Jews, offering survivors of Europe’s atrocities and refugees from the Middle East and North Africa the possibility of remaking their lives. For visionary Zionist pioneers, the State of Israel meant rethinking Jewish history, social history, and gender roles too. One icon of this vision appears above — Daphna Sacharov Alroy, from Israel’s 10th anniversary year, in agrarian mode. Another potent visual: the Israeli woman soldier in uniform, shoulders thrust back, a belt of bullets slung across her chest, smiling out at us a decade later from a book titled Israel: The Reality.

But there are other realities too. Here, Lilith launches a year’s worth of behind-the-headlines coverage, stories you won’t see on Page One or hear at the top of the news hour.

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