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Daily Archives: March 11, 2021

An Iraqi Jewish family at the Atlit transit camp in northern Israel hours after arrival in Israel, summer 1951 (Teddy Brauner, GPO)

Iraqi Jews share a deeply rooted heritage

Jews have had a a prominent and significant presence in Iraq since the 9th century BCE. Historical sources mention that during the 12th century, the Jews in Iraq had more than 10 religious schools...
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri delivers a statement to the media a day before the Israeli election, in Jerusalem on March 1, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Shas leader confident Yamina, New Hope will ‘return to the fold’

Heading into Israel’s March 23 election, Israel’s political scene is volatile—but Shas leader Aryeh Deri, a seasoned politician of 30 years, seems to know what the day after the election has in store. In an...
Larissa Kennedy, president of Britain’s National Union of Students. Source: Twitter.

UK student union president receives backlash for joining event with BDS leader

The president of Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) has sparked outrage for agreeing to speak alongside BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti at an event for Israel Apartheid Week. Larissa Kennedy, elected last July, is...
A billboard displaying Iranian Ayatollahs Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Khamenei. Credit: Erdalislakphotography/Shutterstock.

The plague of the Middle East in 2021 remains Iran

The United Nations, the setting for my five-year service as Israel’s 17th Permanent Representative, has traditionally been an unwelcome and problematic arena for the State of Israel. Year after year, Israel has withstood many...
Sheets of newly printed ballots seen at the Palphot printing house in Karnei Shomron in preparation for Israel's upcoming general elections, March 9, 2021. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

Can left and right unite to topple a forever prime minister?

As Israel heads to the polls for the fourth time in the course of two years later this month, interest in the voting among American Jews is not great. After more than a year...
Sara Netanyahu attends a gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem on Feb. 16, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli premier, hospitalized with appendicitis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was hospitalized late Wednesday night at the Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after feeling unwell. She was diagnosed with appendicitis and will remain in the hospital for...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman on July 27, 2010. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90.

Netanyahu visit to UAE canceled over spat with Jordan

Israel and Jordan were working to calm the waters on Thursday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled historic first visit to the United Arab Emirates was canceled due to a diplomatic incident between Jerusalem...
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 20, 2020. Source: IDF via Twitter.

IDF said to be first army to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19

The Israel Defense Forces is the first military in the world to have achieved herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus, a top IDF official said on Thursday. According to Maj. Gen. Itzik Turgeman, the head...
The hidden lake at Timna in the desert was formed when copper quarries were flooded. Credit: Gur Tatiana via Shutterstock.com.

Twelve of the most beautiful secret spots in Israel

Israel being a pretty small country, you’d think that every last inch of it would be well-known and well-covered. Yet that’s far from being the case. Avid or armchair travelers can relish in reaching...
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga, July 23, 2019. Source: Twitter.

What does the future hold for conservatism in the EU?

In her first Israeli media interview, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga, a senior member of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Cabinet and official in charge of the country’s E.U. affairs, expressed staunch opposition to...