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Daily Archives: February 1, 2021

Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, part of “Operation Tzur Israel” (“Rock of Israel”), after exiting the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Dec. 3, 2020. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Israel to honor Ethiopian Jews who perished in Sudan en route to Israel

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Following the normalization of ties between Israel and Sudan and the historic visit by Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen to the country last week, plans are in the works to commemorate the Ethiopian Jews who perished in the African country...
Wool fibers dyed with Royal Purple, dating to approximately 1,000 BCE, found in the Timna Valley in southern Israel. Photo by Dafna Gazit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

3,000-year-old fragments of cloth dyed with Royal Purple found in Israel

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In a groundbreaking discovery, Israeli archaeologists have recovered scraps of fabric dyed in royal purple, also known as true purple, dating back to the era of the biblical King David. The remnants of woven fabric,...
Max Ernst, The Horde

Donald Trump, Insurrection and the American “Horde”

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“The mass man has no attention to spare for reasoning; he learns only in his own flesh.” Jose Ortega y’ Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses (1930 Though officially a pathology of the past, the toxic effects of...
Former President Bill Clinton greets Gerry Adams in East Belfast, Nov. 30, 1995. Credit: White House Photo by Sharon Farmer via Wikimedia Commons.

Joe Biden, Anne Neuberger and dual loyalty

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Lost amid the whirlwind of anger, violence and recrimination that followed the November 2020 presidential election in the United States was the singular concern over where Joe Biden’s ultimate loyalties might lie, as voiced...
Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Kosovo Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries on Feb. 1, 2021. Source: Gabi Ashkenazi/Twitter.

Israel establishes diplomatic ties with Kosovo with plans to open embassy in Jerusalem

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Israel and Kosovo officially established diplomatic relations on Monday in a ceremony held via Zoom due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi signed the agreement, which was then scanned and sent...
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Source: Screenshot.

Biden’s national security advisor suggests expediated timeline to rejoin Iran nuclear deal

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Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security advisor, suggested an expedited timeline for rejoining the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration exited in May 2018. The comments come as the Biden administration announced...
Senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner boards El Al Flight 971 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi together with the U.S.-Israeli delegation, at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Aug. 31, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Kushner and Berkowitz nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Abraham Accords

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Jared Kushner, senior adviser to former U.S. President Donald Trump, and his deputy Avi Berkowitz were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday for their role in the normalization deals between Israel and...
The font page of the official Palestinian Authority daily "Al-Hayat Al-Jadida," March 15, 2018. (MEMRI)

Europeans created Zionism ‘to get rid of its Jewish problem,’ claims official PA daily

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The official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published an op-ed last week claiming that Zionism is a Western colonial project designed to rid Europe of its Jews and smash pan-Arab nationalism, according to Israeli research institute...
A view of a knife used for kosher slaughter by Rabbi Yitzchak Eliezer Yakav at his home in Jerusalem Jerusalem on June 12, 2011. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.

Netanyahu urges European leaders to block kosher slaughter ban

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written to a number of European leaders, asking that they allow kosher slaughter to continue in their countries. The letter went out to the leaders of Poland, Finland, Portugal,...
The departure hall at Israel's almost empty Ben-Gurion International Airport on Jan. 25, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown, airport closure by a week

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Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday approved extending the nationwide coronavirus lockdown for an additional five days, until 7 a.m. on Feb. 5, according to a joint statement by the Prime Minister’s Office and Health Ministry....