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A Palestinian Peace of the Pie

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Despite the difficulties wrought by COVID-19, Charles Wiesel, an oleh (immigrant to Israel) from Los Angeles since November 2019, said his first year in...

Israelis and Angelenos Differ From Germans’ Pushback Against Lockdowns

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Germany’s coronavirus restrictions have sparked pushback from an eclectic legion of citizens. And although there weren’t notable infractions against Germany’s three-week coronavirus lockdown in...

How and Why Sweden Bucked the European-Lockdown Trend: A Swedish-Jewish Perspective

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Indeed, “keep a distance” signs were omnipresent throughout Stockholm, but masks were not required and barely seen in any public space.

Find the Nazi! [Video]

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The Bundestag, the German parliament, passed a motion in early July 2020 condemning Israel for its "annexation plans," a largely inaccurate term used to...

German Lawmakers Denounce Israel’s Annexation Plan, Say ‘Silence Is Not an Option’

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For the Greens and Die Linke (“The Left”), the motion was too easy on Israel.

Hezbol-Law: Behind Germany’s Long-Awaited Ban of the Terrorist Organization

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On April 30, Germany officially banned all Hezbollah activities in Germany. In a dramatic demonstration of its execution, authorities raided four mosques believed to...

‘Unorthodox’s’ Aaron Altaras: The Jewish-German Ryan Gosling?

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“I can’t believe you’re interviewing Aaron Altaras,” a Tel Aviv friend of mine said. “He’s so hot.” Normally, I’d dismiss this as one of her...

Corona Baby Boom? Not For Many Who Want A Baby The Most

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JNS – Amy Klein thought she had a hard time with infertility, having gone through 10 doctors, nine rounds of IVF in three countries...

Europe Braces for Extended Lockdowns

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Europeans are bracing for even more restrictions amid the rising number of coronavirus fatalities. Italy Calling the pandemic the country’s gravest post-World War II crisis, Italian...

Europe on Lockdown From COVID-19

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Empty toilet paper shelves, empty seats at restaurants, empty desks in schools. These emerging iconic coronavirus images have become commonplace in Europe as the continent...

Stranded at Home: How Israel’s Travel Precautions Against Coronavirus Affect the Lives of Israeli...

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Some Israelis think the bans are extreme, while others are sympathetic to Israel’s unprecedented precautions against the spread of the coronavirus. Ravit Luz, a resident...

Make No Mistake, Anti-Semitism Happens Everywhere

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Articles about rising anti-Semitism and attacks on Jews in German streets often are paraded as proof as that European Jewry has no future, and...

Milo Yiannopoulos Talks About His Jewish Identity, Trump and Zionism in Berlin

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There might as well have been a red carpet leading to the Hopfingerbräu Beer Hall near the German parliament, where about 150 supporters of...

Karsenty: Jewish Leadership Unequipped to Tackle Anti-Semitism in France

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In 2004, Philippe Karsenty, a French Jew of Moroccan descent, took a break from his work as a stockbroker to self-fund a 10-year venture...

In Marseille, Jews Fear the Rising Tide of Terrorism

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You can measure the safety of a Jewish community in Europe by the Jewish-star barometer: How safe do Jews feel walking around with a...

Santa Monica artist part of ‘Golem’ revival in Berlin

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Urban legend has it that a golem lived in the Weissensee Cemetery in Berlin during the Nazi era, protecting the Jewish landmark from destruction while Jews successfully hid among its tombstones.

Team Trump pulls tense Jerusalem all-nighter

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An hour before the initial election results came in, attorney Marc Zell, co-chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, took out a chart of American states and crunched numbers.

Israeli Yehuda Poliker brings Greek-infused music to UCLA

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Yehuda Poliker was born in a Haifa, Israel, suburb two years after the founding of the State of Israel, to Greek Jews who survived the deportation from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz.

Modern Orthodox Jewish life blossoms in Berlin

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A few years ago, Yael Merlini wasn’t sure she and her family could stay in Germany. Her children, ages 7, 11 and 15, were the only Jews in their school in Giessen, a town near Frankfurt.

The rise of Germany’s new right-wing party

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Germans are following the Trump-Clinton showdown in the United States with interest, especially as Donald Trump has denigrated Hillary Clinton as “America’s Merkel,” saying Clinton would open U.S. borders to scores of Syrian refugees, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel did last September.

Israel-German Congress aims to ensure support for Jewish state

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A year after the 50th anniversary celebrations of Israeli-German diplomatic relations, Israel advocates held the fourth Israel-German Congress in Frankfurt on June 19, expressing concern that Germany’s proclamations of support for Israel are becoming disingenuous.

My Inspiring Encounter with L.A. Holocaust Survivor Joshua Kaufman

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“Orit Arfa?” I heard my name on the stairs leading up to Chabad in Berlin near Alexanderplatz. I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone I...

‘Dollar’ coffee shops a positive change for Israelis

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For a modern happy meal, many Israelis these days are forsaking golden arches and looking to a chain of coffee shops where mere pocket change can buy a sandwich and a hafuch (Israeli cappuccino).

Not the people of the e-book

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It took a call to customer service at Mendele, the Israeli online bookseller, for Ariela Baum to figure out how to download her first e-book by a pioneering romance author two years ago, but when she finally did, her life changed.

Navigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Airbnb

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The first decision an adventurous traveler faces when seeking an Airbnb property in the West Bank is what to type in the search box: “West Bank”? “Judea and Samaria”? “Israel”? “Palestine”? The blinking cursor symbolizes the confusion and controversy surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WARNING GERMANY!

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A new refugee is storming your shores. She is known to be extremely dangerous. Some people call her a radical. In some countries, she has...

God and politics in reissue of Yoram Hazony’s ‘Esther’

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The year was 2002, the height of the Second Intifada, which saw hundreds of Israelis die in terror attacks.

About

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About the author: Orit Arfa is a journalist, author, singer/songwriter, painter, and political commentator based in Berlin. She is author The Settler, a novel following the rebellious...

Israel trips add hasbara to Oscar swag bags

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Israel is in the headlines again, but this time for glitz and glamour rather than politics.

Rental properties in U.S., landlords in Israel

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Three years ago, Dana Lebel, a marketer of health supplements, bought her first apartment in Rishon Lezion, a city just south of Tel Aviv.
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