December 13, 2018

Israel

"Some Israeli researchers and politicians are critical of a decision by the Hebrew University to teach more classes in English, but administrators believe such a switch is necessary to maintain the institutions status."

"While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity."

"The link between Zionism, anti-Semitism didn’t begin with Netanyahu; it also grew out of Zionism’s old need to seek allies anywhere they could be found."

A new poll reveals that Israeli, Palestinian, and American politicians are far more hawkish than the people they represent.

"US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital exactly one year ago, breaking with decades of international consensus in the process. What was the historic move and what impact has it had?"

"Israel’s light is dimmed when veterans of its famed armed forces, whose mission is to defend the Jewish state’s freedom, misuse their expertise to aid oppression in other countries."

"In Israel we have a resource which different groups try to claim as their own – Shabbat. Shabbat is viewed in totally different terms by different groups in our society..."

"Efforts to derail Israeli training for U.S. law enforcement reveal the link between BDS and anti-Semitism by attempting to blame Jews for police shootings in America."

"The recently discovered mask already stands to elicit legal challenges should it eventually go on public display in Israel, which captured the West Bank in the 1967 war."

"Digital propaganda does not always rely on proactive means to manipulate social media platforms and capture the attention of online audiences."

"Airbnb serves 191 countries and regions and more than 81,000 cities, but announced on November 19 that it would no longer list around 200 Jewish rentals in the West Bank on its website."

"THE PARALLELS between what happened to Jews in Europe and what happened to Yazidis in Iraq do not have to be exaggerated to make the similarities seem to fit. There is a direct connection."

"Lovers and haters alike have to admit how difficult it would be to chronicle the annals of the Jewish state without devoting considerable space to “King Bibi,” as Time magazine crowned him in 2012."

"The question of Arab and Islamist anti-Jewish hatred goes to the heart of the conflict with Israel. So why have Jewish refugees been so neglected?"

"Netflix’s latest holiday confection, The Princess Switch, might be the least original movie of all time, but if you’re a nostalgia freak like me, this might actually be something to celebrate."

"Suppose the Exodus from Egypt had never occurred. Suppose the Romans never exiled the Jews. Suppose also that there had been no Jews in antiquity. Even then, the justification for establishing their nationhood in Israel would be valid..."

"The gulf between liberal U.S. Jews and right-wing Israel now colors our responses to Jews being killed: there's a sliding scale of innocence according to which we rate the victims."

"It's highly unlikely that Israel's center-left parties will form a coalition to run together in the 2019 election, but they should not abandon efforts to find common ground to fight for."

"Leaving the ultra-Orthodox community is nothing new in Israel. Everyone, secular or religious, knows someone who used to be on, but is now “off the derech.” But the phenomenon hasn’t been well studied."

"If the slow-motion crisis that is Gaza ever has a turning point, then this week’s deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, or what’s left of it, and Hamas leaders, under siege, is what the turning would look like."

"Ultra-Orthodox communities are increasingly divided, with a small but growing number of young people openly defying their rabbis and voting for non-Haredi candidates – with major implications for the Diaspora."

"So even while things are not as bad today as they are portrayed, the issue that now confronts the State of Israel is: what can be done to further engage Jewish millennials."

"The integration of ultra-orthodox society into Israeli society at large and internal divisions within the ultra-orthodox world have caused many ultra-Orthodox Jews to vote for candidates in municipal elections who are not themselves ultra-orthodox.

"The plan is based around a simple idea: Establish an Israeli desalination plant, built on Israeli land, funded by Saudi Arabia, the Europeans and others, that provides clean water to Gaza."

"[The Left] has made Israel-hatred legitimate. If there is a “climate of hatred” it’s a result of this acceptance, and it's this that is making Jews flee Europe."

"It has long been clear that freedom of artistic expression isn’t a supreme value, so Culture Minister Miri Regev’s ‘cultural-loyalty bill’ deserves praise."

"As an Israeli citizen who is passionate about advocating for Israel, my suggestion is provide the right people with the tools to educate. Create a community of advocates who understand the social climate on the ground in the US and worldwide."

"At a time of increased anxiety for many Jews in Europe and North America, the rise of evangelical and Pentecostal Christian support for Judaism and Israel in much of the world is a heartening sign."

"The relationship between art and the state in Europe and Israel is totally different from the American model, so don’t call Culture Minister Miri Regev ‘Israel’s very own McCarthy’"

"In homage to this deep-rooted tradition, Jerusalem artist Eitam Tubul launched the light-hearted “Amulet Authority,” an art project that has produced a variety of intricate plaques designed to thwart modern misfortunes."

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