Benjamin Pogrund was deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg, which was closed down because of its stand against apartheid. He was also chief foreign sub-editor of The Independent. He has lived in Jerusalem since 1997 and was founder director of Yakar’s Center for Social Concern. He is the author of Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel.
Our Voice of the Week is Wired’s feature-length documentary Startup Nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. Wired’s feature-length documentary looks beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicenter to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Nazareth, Ramallah and other parts of the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cyber-security hub of Be’er Sheva.