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In 1923, the British military governor of Jerusalem named intersecting downtown streets after King George V and Hebrew lexicographer Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

The unexpected history behind Jerusalem’s street names

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Jerusalem is a city of history. Much of that history can be found in the ancient structures of the Old City. However, there’s an aspect of Jerusalem’s history that is much more subtly integrated into...
Six of the Bernstein siblings taken in Ylakiai, Lithuania, February 1933. Top row, from left: Arye-Leib, Ida and Benzion; bottom row, from left: Rivka, Menachem and Hinda. They were all murdered in the Holocaust except for Ida, who immigrated to Eretz Israel (Mandatory Palestine) on Feb. 5, 1933, taking this photo with her. Credit: Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem online exhibit emphasizes the power of family

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The world will mark Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Memorial Day—on April 7-8 with particular attention on the 80th anniversary of a campaign against the Jews of Eastern Europe that was nothing short of mass murder. This...
Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann outside of the U.N. headquarters building in New York City on International Holocaust Remembrance Day for an “End Jew Hated” rally, Jan. 27, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

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On a blustery day in late January, Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann, 81, made his debut on Clubhouse—the buzzy, audio-based, social-media platform that launched in the venture capital and Hollywood communities last spring and now connects millions...
A billboard in Zambia, 2005. Credit: Lars Plougmann from London, United Kingdom via Wikimedia Commons.

Global freedom on the decline

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Passover is a celebration of freedom, but its underlying story is a salutary reminder that freedom is a fragile thing and that achieving it often requires extraordinary sacrifices. So it seems fitting at a...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Credit: Screenshot.

The threats American Jewry refuses to face

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After being forced by COVID-19 restrictions to celebrate Passover alone last year, like their Israeli brethren, American Jews were by and large able to celebrate the Passover seder with their friends and families this...
Then-IDF Brig. Gen. Tal Kalman, Aug. 2, 2018. Source: IAF/Twitter.

Iran and Israel’s strategic paradox

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The past year was very good for Israel, security-wise. The number of attacks was relatively low, and the intensive focus on the pandemic (and elections) pushed aside issues that in normal times would have...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sept. 3, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Report: PA leader flown to Jordan en route to Germany for medical treatment

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, 85, was slated to fly to Germany for medical treatment on Monday, Palestinian media reported. Abbas has already traveled by helicopter to Amman, Jordan, from where he will depart for...
COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccine found effective against COVID-19 variants

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Israeli researchers report that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is as effective against B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, aka the U.K. variant, as it is against the original SARS-CoV-2 strain. The vaccine was found to...
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov. Credit: Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

Partnership with Israel ‘strong, multidimensional,’ says Azeri foreign minister

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The relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan is one of Jerusalem’s most unique achievements: close ties with a Shi’ite-majority country that sees Israel as one of its oldest allies, and certainly one of its most...
Abdullah II of Jordan at SOFEX conference opening in Amman, May 6, 2014. Credit: Ahmad A Atwah/Shutterstock.

US expresses ‘full support’ for Jordan’s King Abdullah following alleged coup attempt

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The United States is “closely following” the situation in Jordan following reports of an alleged coup plot involving the former Jordanian crown prince, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Sunday. “King Abdullah is...