Has COVID pushed Israelis to the brink of uprising?

All the signs are there: From amass refusal to pay fines for violating Covid-19 regulations to an ever-diminishing legitimacy of the government and law enforcement agencies to take action. Has the pandemic brought Israel to the brink of civil uprising?| Doron Avigad

The political turmoil: Even the laws have become temporary

Of the 74 laws enacted by the Knesset in the eight months since it was sworn in, no fewer than 50 are temporary provisions. How does it work and why should it trouble us? A Shomrim special report | Zeela Kotler Hadari

Will coronavirus sink Israel’s 10-billion-shekel loan pyramid?

Unsupervised free-loan funds have been operating for decades among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community. Under threat from the coronavirus pandemic, the entire pyramid could come crashing down. A special Shomrim and Calcalist report | Amir Kurz

Shomrim Investigates

Israel Aerospace Industries paid $155-million to two companies linked to money laundering

Leaked bank reports reveal that the transfers began just months after a $1.6 billion arms deal was signed between IAI and the Azerbaijani government | Uri Blau

Suspicious money transfers between Lev Leviev and his former partners

Leaked Suspicious Activity Reports detail unusual transfers involving five companies. Leviev’s lawyer: "The money transfers involve companies outside Leviev’s circle" | Uri Blau

Controversial East Jerusalem group gets $100 million from companies linked to Roman Abramovich

Leaked banking documents now confirm that Abramovich controls or is affiliated with these companies. Those donations helped to change the face of a Palestinian village | Uri Blau

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Shomrim Democracy

Democracy dies in the classroom

Once a cornerstone of the Israeli education system, education for democracy is being erased from state-run schools and has been replaced by a fresh emphasis on Jewish heritage | Renen Netzer

Brute force on Balfour Street

Police insist that their response to the recent wave of protests has been proportionate. A Shomrim analysis of crowd־control measures, however, highlights a range of questionable tactics | Roni Singer

Faith No More

Israel’s haphazard and tone-deaf response to the Coronavirus crisis has exacerbated an already worrying erosion in public faith in state institutions| Shahar Smooha.

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Shomrim Society

Israelis kept in the dark on potential COVID beaters

A new report confirms: vitamin D can help in the fight against COVID-19, but Local health authorities haven’t bothered to keep the public informed | Ze’ela Kotler Hadari

The plight of of Israel's Arab students

Thousands of Israeli Arab students choose to study in the Palestinian Authority - despite the sky-high tuition fees, cultural tensions and even racism toward students from inside Israel | Shahar Smooha and Baker Zoabi

Hidden data highlights growing inequality

The Education Ministry hoped its differential budget policy would narrow the gaps in education investment in Israel. But a special Shomrim-Calcalist project reveals how local authorities are actually making the problem worse | Shahar Ilan

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