A new online magazine about Israel, Middle East: The Tower Magazine

The Tower Magazine Third Issue Released May 21


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tower Magazine (TheTower.org/MAGAZINE), a NEW online long-form publication, launched its June issue this week, featuring six in-depth articles and a photo essay from contributors in Israel, Europe and the United States.

Each month the publication offers original, in-depth essays, reviews and reportage to give readers deeper perspective on Israel and the region. A vibrant, colorful home for new ideas, insights, narratives, research and perspective about Israel and the Middle East, The Tower Magazine brings readers to the Middle East with a depth and power never seen before.

TheTower.org, the official website of The Tower and The Tower Magazine, is a new nonprofit digital journalism portal focused on the Middle East, launched in March 2013 as a project of TIP (The Israel Project), a 501(c)3 nonpartisan educational organization based in Washington, D.C.

“The Tower Magazine is Vanity Fair meets Foreign Affairs,” said TIP President and CEO Josh Block. “Together with its daily component at TheTower.org, the website delivers reliable, fresh and definitive context and analysis in real time from well respected journalists and brilliant commentators, helping readers understand the news in what is an active and complex part of the world.”

“On the one hand, Israel is a dynamic, creative bold society that people should get to know better. On the other hand, the Middle East is undergoing a complex, constantly changing conflict. Only in long-form can you fully engage with the depth and the richness of the Middle East. We offer the best veteran writers combined with new voices and brilliant artistic photography to bring Israel and the Middle East to life in a way that has never been done before,” said Editor of TheTower.org/MAGAZINE David Hazony.

The June issue of TheTower.org/MAGAZINE features:

The Abyss: Can Anything Save Syria?: The world reels from the cruelty of the Syrian civil war. But as JONATHAN SPYER writes, a serious look at the rebels' struggle and the stakes of failure suggests that Western nations must get involved, and quickly.

The Greatest Living Hebrew Writer is an Arab: An accomplished novelist, screenwriter, and columnist, Sayed Kashua has taken Israel by storm. DEBRA KAMIN spoke with the non-Jew who has adopted the classic Jewish literary pose of the outsider—and pointed it at the Jewish state.

Hatred Begins in the Classroom: Everyone knows that for peace to prevail, schools need to teach coexistence between Arabs and Jews. But as ADI SCHWARTZ discovered, a recent report comparing Palestinian and Israeli textbooks only made matters worse.

My Jerusalem, Forever Divided, Forever One: As peace activist GERSHON BASKIN writes, Jerusalem after a peace agreement will have to find a new way to live, its beautiful mosaic of neighborhoods working together under multiple authorities, weaving together a very possible dream.

If Peace Never Comes, This Will Be the Reason: DEBORAH DANAN has organized co-existence dialogue for Israelis and Palestinians for years. But one big problem has always gotten in the way—and understanding it may give us the key to peace at last.

Can Street Art Change the World?: LAUREN DAVIDSON takes a look at the healing power of graffiti. An improbable group of tattoo, hip hop, and graffiti artists wants to change the way people see Israel. Is it just too much?

PHOTO ESSAY: City of Gold and Dreams and Blood: Sometimes the most ancient sites offer the most stirring personal moments. AVIRAM VALDMAN aims his camera at the unfathomable human experience that is Jerusalem.


The Israel Project (TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to the press, policy-makers and the public.



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