My name is Michael Sappir, and this website is where I collect my writing.
I write in my native languages of English and Hebrew, as well as in German. In addition to texts in English, the English version of this also gives summaries of selected texts in Hebrew and German. To see only texts available in English in full, see Full Texts.
My main areas of interest are Jewish politics, (anti-)colonialism, political economy, climate change, and modern revolutionary movements. I also love science fiction, history, the free Internet, and dogs.
Some of my work is made possible by my lovely community on Patreon, which supports me materially as well as contributing additional perspectives to my research and writing.
I grew up in West Jerusalem and moved to Leipzig, Germany as a young adult. I am currently completing an MA in philosophy and co-hosting Parallelwelt Palästina, the first German-language political podcast about Palestine.
From 2019 until 2020 I wrote regularly for the Israeli alternative media outlet Local Call [Hebrew], primarily about the politics and economics of the climate crisis. I then worked as managing editor of critica [German], newspaper of Die Linke.SDS (the socialist student organization affiliated with the German Left party.)
In my youth I was active in the movement for democratic schools, co-founding a school in Jerusalem as a teen and then co-founding the European Democratic Education Community. You can read stuff I wrote around that time on my old blog (though I don’t necessarily agree with everything I wrote there anymore.)
When I first moved to Leipzig I earned a BA in linguistics. Fascinating as it was, I ultimately chose to focus more on social and political issues. I then spent a few years back in Israel-Palestine, organizing against the occupation and for social justice and actively deepening my political education. I am now back in Leipzig, where I have co-founded Jewish-Israeli Dissent (JID) Leipzig, a network I am currently active within. I have been interview about my activity there for Jewish Currents and for +972 Magazine.