TOI talks terror, torture and the gay elephant in the room

TOI talks terror, torture and the gay elephant in the room

The weekly panel discusses the latest news and views defining our coverage

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

In the past week Israeli news coverage has focused much attention on the ongoing investigation into the July firebombing attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha family in Duma.

The panel discusses the allegations of torture by the Shin Bet security agency against suspects and the meaning and implication of the “hate wedding” video showing right-wing activists celebrating the death of baby Ali Dawabsha.

Plus, a look at the gag orders surrounding the case and their place in a world of 24-hour globalized media.

This week saw a number of terror attacks across the country including a deadly stabbing in Jerusalem. The panel asks if the endless wave of attacks has a desensitizing effect and how as a media outlet, we grapple with keeping the story compelling.

And finally, could the Likud’s first openly gay Knesset member cause a culture war by making Israelis aware of an elephant in the room?

Stories discussed in this week’s podcast:

Shin Bet ‘broke’ my client, says attorney for Jewish terror suspect
Clip shows far-right wedding-goers celebrating Duma killings
After Duma, a very narrow bridge for Naftali Bennett
Foreign report says American-Israeli teen held in Duma case
The dance of death
Fifty steps from terror
Haredi MKs stay away as first openly gay Likud MK sworn in

On this week’s panel:

Founding Editor David Horovitz
Ops and Blogs Editor Miriam Hershlag
Senior Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur

Host and producer: Raoul Wootliff

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