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Daily Archives: March 17, 2021

Cave, Haidan A-Sham, Yemen, 1992. Photo courtesy of Zion Ozeri.

Photographer Zion Ozeri showcases Jewish diversity in virtual Haggadah

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Renowned Jewish photographer Zion Ozeri’s award-winning shots have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Jerusalem Report, Moment and The Economist, to name a few publications. After reviewing his pieces, Ozeri decided to create a virtual interactive Haggadah that highlights the...
Archaeological excavations at Qumran in southern Israel. Credit: Shai Halevi/ Israel Antiquities Authority.

Dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments with biblical verses discovered in Judean cave

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Israeli archaeologists announced on Tuesday that dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing biblical verses were discovered during a national archaeological operation in the Judean Desert. The scroll fragments are written in Greek and feature...
Thomas Friedman at the World Economic Forum in 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The two Tom Friedmans

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There is no question that Thomas Friedman is a great writer, and his columns on books on issues such as climate change and domestic policy are often brilliant. When it comes to the Middle...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony for a new neighborhood in Kfar Etzion, Gush Etzuib, on March 14, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Israeli democracy is still not in danger

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As Israel heads to its fourth Knesset election in two years on March 23, polls show that the outcome is very much in doubt. Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor any of his rivals...
Handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 14, 2018. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

Clearing out notes in Kotel ahead of Passover under COVID-19 conditions

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Workers at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem on Tuesday conducted the site’s customary biannual clear-out of all the notes stuck between the stones over the course of the previous six months. The notes are...
Gustav Klimt’s “Rosiers sous les arbres” (“Roses Under the Trees”). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

France returning Klimt art, sold under duress in 1938, to heirs of Jewish owner

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France’s culture minister Roselyne Bachelot announced on Monday that the French government will return a painting by famed artist Gustav Klimt to the heirs of its Austrian Jewish owner, who was forced to sell...
IRGC Commander-in-Chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami (center) at the unveiling of a new Iranian missile base. (MEMRI)

Iran unveils IRGC Navy ‘missile city’ arsenal

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Iran unveiled a “missile city” on Monday belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, introducing the various armaments that have been added to the navy’s arsenal. In a ceremony aired on Iran’s Channel 1, IRGC...
The aftermath of alleged Israeli airstrikes near Damascus on Feb. 15, 2021. Source: Majd Fahd/Twitter.

Syrian media reports Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

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Syrian state media reported on Tuesday that Israel had launched an airstrike against targets in the Damascus region. The Syrian Arab News Agency quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying that Israel had launched missiles from...
A beach in Tel Aviv, on March 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel declares most beaches restored following massive oil spill

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Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry on Wednesday announced the lifting of the state of emergency declared last month due to a massive oil spill off the country’s Mediterranean coast. Intensive clean-up efforts have restored 82 percent of the country’s...
American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris. Credit: AJC.

AJC chief becomes French Legion of Honor Officer

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France honored American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris on Monday with the rank of Officer within the order of the Legion of Honor, one of the country’s most prestigious awards, in recognition of his...